Chairman's statement

Our search for a new first team manager to usher in an "exciting" new era at St Duthus Football Club has begun.

To echo my sentiments last week, Alan Geegan leaves with our best wishes after three memorable years, and if our next team manager shows the same investment and passion for the club that he did, then we will be doing very well.

Looking ahead, Alan’s departure, while unexpected, provides our next manager with a fresh opportunity to come in and work with the talented squad we have here, and to make it their own.

Our recent focus on locality and youth has resulted in us pulling together an exciting group of first team players, who together have just secured our fourth successive top-half placing in the North Caledonian League.

There is a lot to be excited about at the club, both on the field and off it.

We are working hard behind the scenes just now to further strengthen our links with businesses and community groups in Tain. These strong roots as well as our proud and well-documented history provide the foundations for what we are always striving for - continued success on the pitch.

This has been evidenced in our most recent commitment to completing the youth pathway in Tain, working alongside Tain Juniors to bridge the gap between the youth and senior ranks in Tain by reintroducing an under-16 team to the Highland League this year.

The best young players from Tain and the surrounding area will now be able to develop and hone their skills without having to leave the town, and that in itself is very exciting for the future.

Since the club was reinstated to the North Caledonian League in 2016, we have appeared in multiple cup finals, and have enjoyed three memorable trophy wins, most recently winning the North Caledonian Cup in 2022.

We want to enjoy more moments like those - and whoever it is that takes the helm will have the task of creating and reinforcing a renewed belief that we can move on to greater things.

St Duthus have always felt that it is important to look after the people who make the commitment to us each season, such as our players, coaches, or volunteers.

This includes doing what's needed to ensure we have qualified first aiders and lifesaving equipment on hand at games, enabling access to sports therapy treatments when required and making sure we have the best equipment, training, teamwear and travel available to our members.

We has always tried to get these things right as best as we can, and I take great pride in the compliments we have received over the years, from players, supporters and others who follow what we are doing.

Above all, our committee’s robust focus on compliance and organisation means that our management team can concentrate fully on the task at hand: bringing success to St Duthus FC.

I strongly believe that the first team manager's post at St Duthus is a very attractive one.

And so, over the next couple of weeks, we will be actively seeking the right candidate (or candidates) for the job.

Our next manager must have strong ties to the Highland football scene.

Past coaching experience is preferred, with full season availability a must.

They should be resourceful, a good communicator and have a desire to mould the role into their own.  

A passionate, young, and invested squad awaits!

I'd like to appeal to anyone who is thinking about expressing an interest and would like to know more, either about the role or the club, or just to have a chat about it, to get in touch.

The club can be contacted on 07527 134574 or via email to

Come on you Saints!

Best wishes,

Niall Harkiss
St Duthus Football Club

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