Johnson faced scathing critcism

SHETLAND’S recently-departed manager John Johnson resigned after being on the receiving end of some scathing criticism from the man who appears to be the favourite to succeed him.

John Jamieson, the Delting manager who has led his club side to seven successive league titles, is understood to have told Johnson he lacked commitment to the post and accused him of taking Shetland football backwards in the past two years.

His comments were also said to have been backed up by one or two experienced members of the squad present at an open team meeting last Monday, after which Johnson made the decision to step down partly because he would not have been able to commit to training the team over the winter months in preparation for next year’s Island Games competition in Åland.

Johnson said this week he did not want to make any further comment other than that “I hope that John Jamieson gets the job and does well”.

It is not clear whether Jamieson is ready to leave the Delting side with which he has had so much success in recent years, but it is also uncertain as to whether any other candidates for the job will emerge. A decision is expected to be reached at the Shetland Football Association’s AGM, which will be held in Islesburgh on 6th November.


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