Brian Rice appointed

We’re pleased to welcome Brian Rice as the next Alloa Athletic manager.

The former Hamilton boss has been snapped up quickly after the exit of Barry Ferguson. Brian had a long and illustrious playing career turning out for Hibernian, Nottingham Forest and Falkirk before successful spells as assistant to John Hughes at Falkirk, Hibs and Inverness.

“I’m very pleased to be here, until last week I stayed local – in Menstrie for many years. It’s a club I’ve known for years and one I’ve visited, played and coached against. I know it’s history, how great a club it is and how well run it is for a part-time side. It’s got a good name in Scottish football”

“I know the squad very well, I go to games whenever I can, I keep my eye on all the divisions and all players and here there’s a few players I’ve worked with before. There’s no surprises in the squad.”

“My expectations are simple: Win the next game we play. There’s nothing more important than that. If we focus on that obviously we’ll maintain our status in the league.”

“Saturday was a great result in testing conditions for both teams. I thought the boys in terms of attitude and application about the match deserved to win the game. It was a good atmosphere in the dressing room and we’ve got to carry that on and we’ll look to pick up as many points as we can between now and the end of the season.”

“Paddy Connolly, will be a massive part of the team, I’m going to work with him and expect a lot, with his support and knowledge of the club. He’ll be someone I can rely and lean on and he’s got an excellent reputation in and out the game.”

“We’re not in to change everything, just build a structure that will allow us to win football games, and between Paddy and I, we will do that together”