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Written by John Walsh   
Friday, 18 June 2021

Igrainger falkirk.pngt’s been one of the worst kept secrets in local football – but word is now out that it’s official.

Former Workington Reds manager Danny Grainger is going back over the border to link-up with an old pal Paul Sheerin at Falkirk.

Sheerin has only recently been appointed manager of The Bairns and Grainger has joined as assistant/head coach.

Joining at the same time is former Reds keeper Tony Caig, who has been appointed goalkeeping coach after a recent spell with Livingston where he also stood in as interim manager.

Grainger, of course, is a well known face in Scottish football having played at a number of clubs in the Premiership during his playing career including Hearts, Dundee United and St Johnstone.

After departing the Scottish game, the former defender signed for his hometown club Carlisle United. Since leaving Brunton Parlk he cut his managerial teeth with the Reds leading them successfully for two seasons when only Covid robbed them off promotion.

On his new role Grainger said: “I’m looking forward to, hopefully, pushing the club forward. As soon as I spoke to Paul I knew it was the right move for me and I can’t wait for the challenges ahead and to work alongside him.”

Caig’s playing career as a goalkeeper spanned 27 years and saw him represent a number of teams including Carlisle, Blackpool, Charlton Athletic, Hibernian and Vancouver Whitecaps.

Since retiring as a player the west Cumbrian has been a goalkeeper coach for Hartlepool United, Bury FC and Livingston, where he also had a brief stint as caretaker co-manger alongside David Martindale.

 

He said of his appointment: “I’m delighted to be here and hopefully I can be of help along the way this season.

“It’s something fresh, something new. Pre-season’s not far away, so we’ll be getting to work with the players, the new Head Coach and hopefully we can get off to a good start and have a good season.”

Meanwhile Reds are active in paving the way for Grainger’s successor, speaking with the coaching staff headed by Stephen Rudd and Brian Dawson and also the players. It’s aimed at obtaining a profile of the man they should be looking to bring in.

There’s no advert gone out yet  but already there have been applications from respected coaches in the game.

Meanwhile Reds started preparations this week for the new season which starts on August 14. There was a well-attended training session with three trialists among the 25 players present.




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