Bellshill Athletic boss McGinty quits

Brian McGinty
Brian McGinty

Bellshill Athletic manager Brian McGinty has quit his post just two weeks after guiding the club back into the Super League.

The former Rangers player handed in his resignation following Bellshill’s final match of the season, a 1-0 defeat by Benburb, at Fullarton Park last Saturday.

McGinty took over the managerial reins in mid-season when Robert Downs, whom he served as assistant, left to take over Arthurlie.

And he was able to maintain continuity and steer the side to promotion from the Central First Division - after a four-year absence from the Super League - in time for the club’s planned return to Bellshill next season.

Club chairman Paul Fox confirmed McGinty’s departure this week, but insisted it was an amicable parting with no animosity.

He said: “Brian has decided he wants to move on and we would like to thank him for his efforts in taking over from Robert Downs and seeing the club through to promotion.

“When Robert left it was important to maintain the continuity which is why we appointed Brian. Robert started things off and Brian finished the job.

“There’s no animosity at all and we wish him all the best.

“It’s an exciting time for the club with a new league to play, a new base back in Bellshill and now there will be a new management team.”