SELKIRK have appointed John Coughlin as their new manager.

The Yarrow Park club held interviews at the start of the week.

And following discussions last (Wednesday) night with the club's committee they officially appointed the former Berwick Rangers and St Mirren manager.

The 54-year-old, who has also managed Stenhousemuir and East Stirlingshire, is impressed with both Selkirk and the Lowland League.

He told us: "I've been quite a taken aback by the Lowland League - the standard of facilities and players is good.

"Selkirk have done well to be in fifth position in a highly competitive league and it is now up to me to maintain that position until the end of the season and then try to take the club forward.

"A lot of credit must go to the former manager Ian Fergus for the quality of player he has brought to Selkirk and a big part of my job will be identifying and keeping the players we want for next season."

Ian Fergus sensationally resigned as manager just a week ago.

And Coughlin admits having his nephew, Ricky Miller, playing at Selkirk helped convince him to go after the job.

John, who left Berwick Rangers during his second managerial spell at the start of this season, added: "The opportunity of the Selkirk job arose really quickly and I had my nephew, Ricky, biting at my ear to take it on."

Coughlin, who lives in Dalkeith, was the last Berwick Rangers manager to win a title and promotion back in 2007.

He also guided Stenhousemuir to promotion two years later.

He has already coached several players at Selkirk, including David Banjo and Sean McKirdy.

Selkirk chairman Ross Anderson is delighted with his club's latest appointment.

He said: "John has the experience and knowledge to take the club forward.

"It's been a hectic week for everyone at the club but we are pleased to get someone like John in so quickly."

Coughlin will be in the dugout for Saturday's match against BSC Glasgow at the Indodrill Stadium.