Raith Rovers today announced that former Hearts and Kilmarnock manager Gary Locke will take charge of the Kirkcaldy side on a two-year deal.
Locke replaces Ray McKinnon in the hotseat after he left for recently relegated Dundee United.
The 40 year-old comes into a club high on confidence after reaching the Scottish Premiership playoffs this month, and Locke insists his reputation remains intact after tough runs at both Hearts, who were in administration when Locke was in charge, and Kilmarnock.
Locke said “I think my reputation’s still very much intact. I felt I did the right thing at Kilmarnock, I didn’t feel as though I could do the job to the best of my ability.”
“It’s a chapter in my managerial career I’ve learnt a lot from, but it’s closed now and my only focus s Raith Rovers.”
Locke also spoke of the shared enthusiasm he felt around the club in his early moments as manager and during his decision to take on the job, saying “I get the impression everybody’s pulling in the same direction, the club’s a really well run club.”
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge and looking forward to getting in amongst the local community as well. We’ve got a really good fanbase.”
The former midfielder also claimed that there would not be too many fresh faces through the door as Locke looks to consolidate the squad that already has 15 players contracted for next season and mount another promotion push.
Image credit: Dirk Vorderstraße (dirkvorderstrasse, flickr)
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