Highland League: Keith’s Troup has target for vacancy

Ewan Robb has left Keith.

Keith chairman Andy Troup is hoping for the quick appointment of a new manager and revealed he has someone in mind for the position.

The Maroons parted company with Ewan Robb on Tuesday and Kynoch Park chairman Troup said he has a definite target for the role.

He is hoping to appoint them in the next week, depending on how talks progress.

He said: “We’re looking at quite a quick appointment because I have someone in mind we are in talks with.

“It will all depend on how that pans out over the next week or so. But we’ll just wait and see. “I would like to try to get something done quite quickly.

“We’re just hoping we can get the deal done with them over the next week to 10 days.

“We’d like to get it done before 10 days but it will all depend on how the talks go.”

First-team coach Dean Donaldson has been placed in interim charge until a new manager is appointed and is expected to be in the dug-out for Saturday’s game at home to Nairn County.

Troup believes the vacancy is an attractive post and added: “Keith have been a big club in the Highland League for many years. “We are probably sitting at the wrong end of the table from where we would like to be.

“We’ve got a good bunch of players and they just need to be pushed on. So it’s an attractive position for someone.”

Keith are 15th in the league having managed only three wins in the league this campaign. The season had been something of a struggle for Robb and his assistant Martin Skinner.

Following the departure of former boss Allan Hale last summer, a number of players left Kynoch Park and Robb was tasked with a rebuilding job.

When a new boss is appointed they will be tasked with taking the Maroons – whose last major success was winning the Highland League Cup in 2013 – back up the Highland League table.

Troup said: “There is no doubt that the aim is to get Keith back up the table. But we have a bit of rebuilding to do off the park as well which we have started to do in the last couple of months.

“We need to rebuild off the park, but it will go hand in hand with on the park. We want to get back to being a top-four team if not winning trophies and being a successful Highland League team again.”

Keith have also signed Formartine United midfielder Kieran Lawrence on-loan until the end of the season.