McAvennie in frame for Rovers manager post
Jul 2 2008 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
FRANK McAVENNIE has expressed an interest in becoming the new gaffer of Albion Rovers. The Celtic legend is the shock name in the frame following John McCormack’s decision to join Hamilton Accies as assistant manager last Friday.Informal talks between McAvennie and Cliftonhill director Pat Rolink have already taken place. It would be an amazing coup for Rovers should they manage to capture the signature of one of football’s most colourful characters. Macca, who also enjoyed two hugely successful spells with London giants West Ham United, told the Advertiser: “We had a chat about the job and other things. It was nice to have a talk about it and good to see Pat again. “Football is in my blood and of course this is the type of thing that is interesting for me. “But whether it is right for me, we will just have to wait and see. There are a lot of things happening at the moment. “You have got to start somewhere and of course the club want to play at a higher level. “Cowboy is very ambitious and spoke very highly of the club. I’ve talked with Pat and we will see where that takes us. “If it is beneficial to both parties then we will get our heads round the table and have a talk.”
Mr Rolink said: “I had a meeting with Frank McAvennie and, yes, we did discuss the manager’s job, amongst a number of other things.” He added: “We are staying quite open-minded about who the manager could be and we will be speaking to Paul Martin, John’s assistant, when he comes back from holiday.” The club are now inviting applications for the vacant post, with several bosses keen on taking over the Cliftonhill hot-seat. Mr Rolink admitted the timing of McCormack’s departure is “dreadful”. He also revealed the club were devastated to hear he was leaving – but said he would have been “foolish” to snub SPL new boys Accies. “I was gutted when I heard the news but we feel this shows the ambition we had when we took him on,” Mr Rolink said. “We are obviously devastated to lose John, not only from a professional point of view but on a personal level as well. “He is an extremely enthusiastic person to have about the place and is a great character and a great motivator. We are all confident that he will do a great job for Hamilton Accies and we wish him nothing but the best of luck. “The timing is dreadful but Albion Rovers is a place where people can aspire to achieve. “We don’t have a lot in terms of wages and things like that but we are a shop window and if people get the chance to better themselves, we will support them.” When asked if he felt the club was being left in the lurch, Mr Rolink added: “I don’t know a single person who wouldn’t take on a job that would be better for them or their family. The one thing I know about John is that he is a big family man. He now has a two-year full-time contract and he had to take that – he would have been foolish if he hadn’t.
“I also know that every one of the board of directors would have driven John to Hamilton to sign his contract.
“I would like to think Albion Rovers fans are happy for John and realise our limitations.“We are a small club but occasionally we can give someone a step-up and if ever a man deserved a step-up, it is John. “Whoever comes in and replaces John will have big shoes to fill. It is going to be difficult to find a man who ticked all the boxes like John did.”