By Hamish Carton
ALLOA ATHLETIC are set to announce former St. Mirren midfielder Jim Goodwin as the club’s new manager at a press conference this afternoon.
It will be Goodwin’s first venture into the world of management after a playing career that saw him ply his trade for the likes of Stockport County, Hamilton Accies and Alloa since the start of the current season.
The Wasps played their final game under the stewardship of former-boss Jack Ross at the weekend, with the 40 year-old working with struggling Championship side St. Mirren.
The Recreation Park side signed off Ross’ reign in style with a 4-2 win over Welsh side Bala Town in Irn-Bru Cup action on Saturday, with Goodwin coming into the team in fine fettle.
Alloa Advertiser sports writer Graeme Lafferty thinks that the former boss had something to do with Goodwin’s appointment.
“Knowing Mike (Mulraney) and the relationship he had with Jack (Ross), I would be shocked if he hadn’t been asked him for his recommendation for the next Alloa boss. I think that’s pretty much certain”.
Lafferty also revealed that news of the appointment had gone down well with the current group of players.
“I’ve already spoken to some of the boys in the dressing room, and they’re over the moon. Jim is a well liked figure within the group and a born leader to boot, so the news will be music to the ears of the core group.”
Alloa Chairman Mike Mulraney announced via Twitter early on Tuesday that a new managerial regime would start in earnest at 2:30pm.
Jim Goodwin will make an appearance in front of the press at that time before beginning preparations for his first game as manager – a challenging game away to table-toppers Brechin City.