Jamieson confirmed as county coach

HAVING led Delting to seven consecutive league titles, it has been confirmed that manager John Jamieson will now be dividing his attention between his club side and the Shetland county football team.

As had been widely expected, Jamieson was unanimously appointed as manager in his absence at the Shetland Football Association (SFA) annual general meeting on Thursday and succeeds outgoing coach John Johnson, who resigned in September due to work commitments.

SFA president Magnus Flaws accepted that there had been “some concern” raised over the possibility of a conflict of interest with Jamieson planning to remain in his club post, but no amendment was proposed and Flaws is adamant that his Delting commitments will not prevent Jamieson giving his all to the Shetland set-up.

“I don’t see a problem in that,” Flaws said. “As long as he feels capable of doing both, that’s fine by me. If there is a problem [when the season starts] then the committee has to deal with it.”

Jamieson was not present at the meeting as he is on holiday in the Middle East, but had already presented his case to a specially-convened SFA panel seven days earlier.

He will have little time to settle into the post, with just over seven months to prepare a squad for the 2009 island games in Åland, ahead of the annual inter-county clash with Orkney and the likelihood of a second successive entry into the Highland League Challenge Cup.


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