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Chairman salutes outgoing management duo

GUTTED: Chairman David Goodwin

DAVID GOODWIN has hailed the impact Paul Davies and Craig Gupwell had at Newmains United - on and off the park.

The pair quit as co-managers a week ago, with David Menelaws installed as interim boss until the end of the season.

Chairman Goodwin and first team coach Billy McGhie moved to Victoria Park when Davies’ Carluke FC merged with the club three years ago.

He admits the duo will be a huge lost to the West of Scotland League Conference B side.

Goodwin said: “Paul brought me from Carluke with Billy and on a personal level I’m disappointed he’s decided to resign. At the same time I totally understand the decision to do so. 

“When we came to Newmains the club was in a dire way. In fact it was probably close to vanishing. 

“But we joined forces with Craig Gupwell, who at the time was someone I didn’t know, and the turnaround was nothing short of remarkable. 

“The sponsors they pulled in kept us alive. Their input into the renovation of the clubhouse was invaluable. But most importantly of all their approach on the park was brilliant.

“They both lived and breathed Newmains 24 hours a day. They fought tooth and nail for the club, even with one hand tied behind their backs. 

“I can’t speak highly enough of them both as well as Billy. They deserve all the plaudits going and whomever takes over has big boots to fill. 

“I can only wish them all the best on their footballing journey wherever they end up.”

Goodwin has also backed Menelaws to continue the good work after he was named caretaker until the summer.

Goodwin added: “I’d like to wish David all the best and look forward to seeing his teams play over the coming weeks.”