Highland: Manager Jack leaves Turriff United after nearly four years at the Haughs

Turriff United manager Ross Jack.

Turriff United parted company with manager Ross Jack last night after almost four years in charge.

The former Dunfermline and Kilmarnock striker replaced Mark Simpson in the Haughs hotseat in April 2014.

A club statement thanked Jack for his work and read: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ross for his efforts whilst in charge of the club and wish him well in his future.”

Assistant manager Graeme Roy has been placed in charge of first-team affairs until a new manager is appointed.

During Jack’s time in charge Turra have enjoyed plenty of success.

In Jack’s first season he guided the club to the Aberdeenshire Shield – their third trophy since joining the Highland League in 2009 – it was also the third time they won the Aberdeenshire Shield.

It was in that same season Jack also led United to their highest ever Highland League finish of second, with only Brora Rangers finishing above them.

A top-four finish followed again in season 2015/16 and with changes made to the Challenge Cup, it meant Turra were one of four Highland League teams that gained entry to the competition last season.

After seeing off St Johnstone’s Under-20s at McDiarmid Park and League Two Montrose at the Haughs, they landed a home tie against Hibs in round three.

The glamour game was watched by almost 1,800 people at a packed Haughs and was also beamed live on BBC Alba.

That proved to be the highlight of last season. They finished sixth in the league and lost out in the semi-finals of the Highland League Cup, Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup and Aberdeenshire Shield.

This term United have had a crippling injury list and have struggled in the league and sit 13th in the table with 24 points.

They are through to the semi final of the Aberdeenshire Shield against Cove Rangers on January 24 and were knocked out of the Aberdeenshire Cup in second round by Formartine United.

Among the contenders to take over from Jack will be former Turriff manager Kris Hunter, who left Formartine in August.

Former Huntly co-managers Andy Roddie and Tommy Wilson will also be in the frame after leaving Christie Park in November.