BAJFC manager Keith Gibson has released a statement from the club regarding the loss of his assistant manager Stewart Petrie to Montrose FC and his own the situation regarding where his own future lies. Read below what he has to say…

“First of all I’d like to thank Stewart for his time at Broughty. I knew what we were getting when he came in as my assistant at the start of the season after playing under him when he was assistant manager at Arbroath. The players really took to him and myself and coach Tony McAuley had a great working relationship with Stewart. I’m gutted to be losing him but also delighted at the same time in getting the Montrose managers job after losing out in 2 previous senior jobs. I’m sure he’ll do a great job there and get them away from the foot of the table.dsc_0720-2

More importantly, Stewart asked me to go with him as his assistant at Montrose FC and I appreciate him for asking me as it would be a foot back in the door of senior football but after heavy thoughts, I’ve decided I’m going to stay as the manager of Broughty Athletic JFC as I feel personally it’s the right thing for me. I’m delighted at the progress we’ve made as a club since I took over two years ago on and off the park and feel I still have a lot to give to the club and have targets I want to achieve.

We’ve had a fairly positive start to the season and we are well on course to where we want to become the end of the season, the players have had a big bearing on my decision also. They are a great bunch of players to work with and they work so hard in training, in games and have bought into the way I want to play and what we want to achieve as a club.

The work begins again now at bringing in another assistant manager, I’m not going to rush into anything as we need to bring in the right person who will slot straight into the club and the way we go about things. We’ve got a massive game on Saturday against Linlithgow Rose at home as we need to start picking up league points after we’ve stuttered a bit in the league and hopefully the players having clarity on the situation will help us fully focus and prepare well for this weekend’s game…”