Peterhead manager Jim McInally has told Simon Ferry that he will always be available to offer support to the former Blue Toon player/ coach after it was announced today that the 34-year-old is to become the manager of Lowland League side Open Goal Broomhill.
Simon announced his playing departure from the club ahead of the last home game of the season against Queen’s Park and his coaching departure can now be confirmed after his day-time employers Open Goal Sport went into partnership with Broomhill, who have been playing at Alloa in recent years.
Jim said: “Simon has been a very good player for Peterhead over the past seven years. During this time, he dipped his toe in the water of coaching and things have grown for him terrifically well since then.”
“He has worked hard, alongside my assistant David Nicholls and I, with the players and everyone could see the benefit of that work this season in terms of both fitness and tactics. We scored quite a few goals from set-pieces that Simon was behind.”
“I thought he had the makings of a future manager when I asked him to step up and now, I know he will go on to become a good manager.”
Jim added: “This move has surprised me a bit as it is not at the level I thought he would work at next. I thought that if he left Peterhead, he would be going to a high-profile role in a Youth Academy or at a senior club that needed their standards raised.”
“In saying that I can understand why he has taken his opportunity. He enjoys what he does with Open Goal and wants to be part of their growth. I wish him well and he knows that if he needs advice or anything he just needs to call and that the door for him is always open at Peterhead.”