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New Elgin boss has heady ambition

Ross Jack
Jack was previously assistant coach with Ross County

Former Dunfermline striker Ross Jack has been appointed Elgin City manager, vowing to lift the "sleeping giant" off the bottom of Division Three.

Jack, who has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract, was released from his post as assistant coach with First Division Ross County in December.

"We're definitely a sleeping giant," Jack told Elgin's website.

"I remember the days when Elgin were mega-successful and the club has a great pedigree and a fine tradition."

Jack succeeds Robbie Williamson, who left the former Highland League champions in December after they recorded just two wins in 15 games.

Elgin lost their next two games under caretaker David McConnachie and chairman Graham Tatters and are now 12 points adrift at the foot of the table, but Jack will look to build on Saturday's draw with leaders Cowdenbeath.

"It's a great opportunity for me," he said. "I know the vast majority of the players here, apart from the young ones.

It's a marathon, not a sprint

Elgin City manager Ross Jack

"I will be liaising with David and Graham, who took charge of the team in recent weeks, but if I see a need for change I'll make it."

Jack will initially take the post part-time, but there is a possibility of going full-time at the end of the season.

"We're looking to give youth an opportunity," he said. "But, if they're good enough, they'll get their chance.

"We're looking to nurture, develop and encourage the young players.

"The way ahead is to produce our own, but we'll need experienced players in there too.

"I've signed a three-and-a-half year contract and it's a marathon, not a sprint. But I'd like to leave the legacy of a strong youth team and a successful first team."

Jack made the breakthrough into big-time football when he signed for Everton from Ross County, but he made just one appearance despite scoring on his debut for the Merseyside outfit.

He went on to play for Norwich City, Lincoln City, Dundee then had a particularly successful time with Dunfermline Athletic before moving to Kilmarnock.

Jack had a spell as player-manager of Montrose in March 1993 before moving on to Ayr United.

Prior to assisting Derek Adams in Dingwall, he was high-performance football coach at the Scottish Institute of Sport in Stirling before the post was controversially axed last year.

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see also
Elgin City 1-1 Cowdenbeath
17 Jan 09 |  Scottish League
Boss Williamson resigned - Elgin
21 Dec 08 |  Elgin City
Jack leaves County coaching staff
01 Dec 08 |  Ross County
Jack hits out as position is axed
22 Apr 08 |  Scotland

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