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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 January 2008, 20:52 GMT
Birthday boy Brown is Clyde boss
John Brown
John Brown spent 11 years as a coach with Rangers
Former Rangers defender John Brown has celebrated his 46th birthday by being appointed manager of Clyde.

Brown, who recently accepted then rejected the Dumbarton manager's job within 24 hours, replaces Colin Hendry, who left Clyde last week.

And Brown told the Cumbernauld club's official website: "I know how to get my hands dirty.

"And they are going to get dirty here on the training ground making sure Clyde survive in the First Division."

Brown played for Hamilton Academical and Dundee before winning eight league titles with Rangers.

He took charge of the Glasgow club's Under-18s in 1995, became reserve team boss in 2003 but left after the arrival of Paul Le Guen as first-team manager.

Bell has been reported for using offensive, insulting/abusive language towards the referee and an assistant referee

Scottish FA statement

"I'm a welder to trade and I served my time working, training three nights a week and playing on the Saturday." said Brown, who was affectionately known as Bomber during his days at Ibrox.

His ambition was to avoid relegation this season and then push for promotion next term while developing the club's young players by establish a "family atmosphere".

"I'll stand or fall by my judgements and a lot will be down to coaching," said Brown.

"I'll do things my way and, if players come to the club, I'll make them better players."

Brown agreed personal terms at a meeting shortly before Saturday's match at home to First Division leaders Hamilton Accies, who came from two goals behind to beat the second-bottom side 3-2.

Dougie Bell and Gary Bollan were in charge again after looking after the side last weekend against Dundee.

But the Clyde coaches, along with Dundee assistant manager David Farrell, are facing touchline bans after being reported for misconduct during the 1-1 draw.

A Scottish FA statement explained: "Bell has been reported for using offensive, insulting/abusive language towards the referee and an assistant referee.

"He is facing a four-match ban as this is the second occasion that he has been reported for misconduct in the last two seasons.


"Later in the match, Bollan and Farrell were both involved in an incident which resulted in their being reported for violent conduct towards each other. They are facing two-match bans."

The trio have until 30 January to appeal or their bans will begin on 2 February.

Bollan and Bell had themselves expressed an interest in the manager's job, while Gretna striker James Grady was also interviewed for the job.

Hendry, whose wife has been ill for some time, resigned as manager of the Cumbernauld club on 18 January on compassionate grounds.

The former Scotland defender, who took over at Clyde in the close season after replacing Joe Miller, has returned to England.

He had wanted Grady to become his number two at Broadwood before he resigned and the 36-year-old striker had been interested in becoming player-manager.

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