MacDonald and McGovern confirmed as new Clyde management team

New interim Clyde co-boss Peter MacDonald is looking forward to taking charge at Broadwood
New interim Clyde co-boss Peter MacDonald is looking forward to taking charge at Broadwood

Clyde have appointed JP McGovern and Peter MacDonald as interim managers until the end of the season.

The two players will take over following the departure of Barry Ferguson after last week's defeat by Annan.

Earlier this week the club board decided that an interim appointment to see out the rest of the campaign was their preferred option.

McGovern and MacDonald took training on Thursday night and will be in charge for the visit of League Two leaders Forfar Athletic on Saturday.

MacDonald, the club's top scorer this season, only joined the Bully Wee in July while McGovern for the club in 2015.

MacDonald told the club website: "We're both confident in our abilities and we played a decent level.

"I think we're vocal as players and coaches and I'd like to think we're looked upon as older and more experienced guys that can give advice to others.

"We're going to have an open door. We will be 100 per cent honest with everyone - whether they will like it or not.

"If someone wants to know why they aren't playing, we'll tell them. If they want to know what they can do to improve, we'll tell them. We've let the squad come to us with any issues they want to raise."

McGovern added: "I think we've got the respect of the boys and we're coming from a player background.

"We need to have mutual respect with the players, get together and get going."

"It's a bit of a cliché, but we've got 12 cup finals now. First of all, we need to win a game to build a platform and move us forward. Where it can go from there, it's up to us and the squad and we need to back each other.

"Let's forget everything that's happened in the past and concentrate on Saturday to start with."

A club statement said: "Both senior players are vastly experienced in the game, with over 800 career appearances between them in both Scotland and England.

"MacDonald also has previous and current coaching experience at youth level and as part of his combined player-coach role at Clyde.

JP and Peter have already demonstrated a highly professional, pro-active and enthusiastic attitude towards the role. Additionally, they both feel comfortable working together as the management team and sharing responsibility on a joint basis.

"The club hopes that supporters will rally round JP, Peter and the rest of the squad as they aim to start moving The Bully Wee back up the league table."

Both MacDonald and McGovern have also appealed for the fans to get behind the team in the crucial weeks ahead.

McGovern said: "We totally understand that the fans pay good money; they travel, they spend their day off going to Annan and use their wages that they've worked for all month to come and watch Clyde. They've got every right to demand effort and we'll be doing that.

"We might not always get the performance, we understand that, but we're looking for effort to start with and once the fans see that, I think they'll react in a good way.

"That can only help the boys on the pitch and we really need them to get behind us. We will try to give them a team to be proud of."

MacDonald added: "If the fans can get behind us for the full 90 minutes, it gives the squad the opportunity to do better. It doesn't matter how many people are in the stand, it has an effect on some individuals. We would rather it had an effect on the opposition.

"Hopefully we can create the right atmosphere on Saturday, we're looking forward to it and raring to go."