COWDENBEATH are on the look-out for a new manager after Calum Elliot today (Monday) took up the opportunity to join League 2 side Bonnyrigg Rose.

After having a good start to the season, Rose have started to struggle and with six games left they are just two points above bottom side, Clyde, and are battling to avoid the relegation play-offs.

On Sunday, Bonnyrigg sacked manager Robbie Horn, and they approached Cowden for permission to speak to Elliot, and the former Heart of Midlothian striker, who has been a year with the Blue Brazil, agreed to take up the challenge of keeping the Rose up.

Cowden secretary, David Allan, said that things moved swiftly on Sunday, with Bonnyrigg keen to get hold of the Blues boss, who joined up at Central Park at the end of March last year.

David: “On Saturday evening Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic intimated to Cowdenbeath FC that they would like to speak to our manager, Calum Elliot, in respect of potentially taking on the role of manager at New Dundas Park.  We acceded to this request after consulting with Calum.  

“On Sunday Calum advised us that he had decided to accept the offer of the managerial position at Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic in the SPFL. Subsequently, on Monday morning, we concluded compensation arrangements with Bonnyrigg and released Calum from his contract with Cowdenbeath FC.  

“We wish Calum well in his new role and thank him for all his good work in his year at Cowdenbeath which took us forward in 2023/24 after our struggles and disappointments in the preceding seasons.  We will, of course, look to further update our fans over the next few days."

So Cowden will have a new person in charge when they take on Linlithgow Rose, at Prestonfield, this Saturday and the club will be working hard to fill the gap for the weekend.

It is possible that experienced skipper, Robbie McNab, could steer the side in what will be a difficult game.

The Blues squad could well be reduced to 14 fit players this weekend, with defender Jack Denham, and the MacPherson brothers, Ewan and Greg, ruled out for the rest of the season with injuries, and three other players carrying serious knocks.