Deveronvale’s new assistant manager Richie Davidson says he is “involved for the long term” after taking over the role last week.
Davidson, a former assistant manager at Inverurie Loco Works and director of Colony Park, knows manager Craig Stewart well having worked under him when he was an assistant at Locos.
Speaking after his appointment, he said the management team at Princess Royal Park had clear long-term ambitions.
“Our ambition is to progress next year,” he said. “We’re going to finish this season with a point total that will see us fall short, but we need to take advantage of that and progress next season.
“We want to get into this group between the sixth and the tenth. The team that Craig has built is working together on it. It may take a few years, but we’ll keep it going for the long term.
“We are actively looking to strengthen the team in certain areas and have spoken to the Chairman about that.
“We’re well supported at board level and from my initial point of view the club is well supported in the community and from local businesses so I need to repay those guys with a little bit better performance on the field.”
Although he was only announced as an assistant last week, Davidson has been in charge for three weeks – having come off the back of a 4-1 loss to Banks OD.
He was due to be in the Vale dugout in the Highland League for the first time at Rothes on Saturday, but bad weather prompted the match at Mackessack Park.
Instead he saw Phil Cruz win 5-1 over the East End junior side at the Princess Royal.
“It’s my third week with Vale, but I haven’t been able to play any games yet,” he said.
“Last week was a write-off in training also with the weather, but we managed to get a chance to see the boys in a friendly on Saturday.
“Princess Royal Park was in perfect condition, but it was too late to rearrange a league game.
“The friendly allowed us to get a few minutes in the legs of the players and look at some things this weekend.”
The Force Mechanics – who are winless in 10 league matches – are guests of Banff on Saturday.
Harry Noble was suspended for the match, with some upsets on the team as well.
“Looking at the last round, it’s a good opportunity,” said Davidson.
But they will have their tails on the back of a fine draw with Formartine and no lighter matches in the Highland League.
“Hopefully we can go into it with confidence and try to finish the season well.
“We’re looking up, not down and hopefully we can pick up a little bit of momentum and finish the season strong.”
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