Forfar Athletic boss Dick Campbell has confirmed the departure of his brother Iain as his assistant at Station Park.
Also leaving the Loons are the gaffer’s sons Ross and Iain, who will be departing the playing staff for pastures new.
Iain the elder is stepping back to focus on his work commitments while Iain the younger has agreed a deal with Championship side Cowdenbeath, and they and Ross go with their manager’s blessing.
The manager told the Dispatch: “Iain has joined Cowdenbeath, he’s been here for five years and he has been an outstanding player for Forfar Athletic Football Club. The opportunity came to play at that level and for me, the most important thing is that he’s playing at a higher level. He’s had five glorious years and Ross has six, and they both leave the club with my blessing and the club’s best wishes.
“We’ll miss Iain’s ability to pass the ball because we believe he’s one of the best in the league at that.
“My brother Iain has called it a day as my assistant. We own a business in Dunfermline and we’ve started two additional companies, with the pressures of that one of us had to give up something and Iain has reluctantly given up football. He will always be welcome back at Forfar Athletic, all three of them will be.
“Words can’t say how important Iain has been as my assistant since day one, not only is he my twin brother but he’s an excellent coach and even better as a manager. I’m not going to replace him just now, we’ve got young Ewan Greenhill in as our fitness coach and he’ll be actively involved. John Young will move up, he’s very experienced and Barry Sellars will be given more opportunities to work with the first team. I’ll also be putting the tracksuit on more.”
The gaffer confirmed three members of the squad had agreed new deals for the 2014/15 season as he continues to build what looks like being a very strong squad for the upcoming League One campaign.
Campbell continued: “I’ve agreed terms with Darren Dods, Omar Kader and Gavin Malin. I think there has been an improvement from the likes of Kader and Malin and Dods had a fantastic season last year for a 37-year-old.
“We’ve got Mark McCulloch coming into train and we hope he gets back fit, we have Mark Baxter, Michael Dunlop, Odmar Faero and Stuart Malcolm so we’re looking pretty strong at the back.
“We’ve brought Danny Denholm into the midfield and we’ve also got James Dale, Malin, Fotheringham and Kader.
“I’m currently talking to two midfielders and I would like to bring in another striker to join up with Chris Templeman and Gavin Swankie.
“We’ve got a strong squad to go forward with and we’re getting it together.”
That brings the total of resigned players to 14, with a trio of youth players in Paul McLellan, Liam Keiller and Craig Smith signing professional deals and Mark McCulloch and Keith Gibson invited back to pre-season training to prove their fitness.
The Loons confirmed their pre-season friendly schedule with four games at their Station Park home.
Campbell’s side will entertain Inverurie Loco Works on Tuesday, July 8 (7.45 p.m. kick-off), Livingston on Thursday, July 1 (7.30 p.m.), Falkirk on Monday, July 14 (7.30 p.m.) and Dundee United on Wednesday, July 16 (kick-off TBC).