Carluke Rovers are looking for a new manager after Colin Slater quit minutes after Saturday’s dire 1-1 draw against nine-man Royal Albert.
The result leaves Rovers down in sixth place in McBookie.com Central Division 2 after a poor start to the season, which has prompted Slater to resign from a role he has occupied since May 2011.
“There has been a really poor run of results and performances,” Rovers chairman Ian McKnight told the Carluke and Lanark Gazette.
“The Royal Albert game was the final straw that broke the camel’s back. It was unacceptable.
“They were reduced to nine men midway through the second half and had only one striker. Despite that, we were playing four or five at the back.
“You could say that Colin ran before he was pushed. We were on a downward slope.
“Even if we had scraped a win on Saturday, I think the committee would have been looking for a change in management within a couple of games anyway.
"Colin was disappointed after the game. There was a bit of anger in him as well."
McKnight revealed that – at the start of the season – the Rovers committee had set a minimum target for Slater that he led the club to the top half of the table by Christmas and in contention for promotion.
But Rovers have taken just two points from their last four matches in which they’ve looked far short of being promotion candidates.
The poor run has now led to the resignations of Slater and his assistant Cameron ‘Spike’ McNeish.
McKnight revealed that the John Cumming Stadium outfit have already received seven applications for the vacant manager’s job.
“There is a lot of interest in the job,” he added. “We have great facilities at the club.
“I believe we have a good quality squad but we just need somebody to galvanise them and be tactically more astute.
“Preferably we want a manager with junior experience with a UEFA ‘B’ licence who has gone through the SFA coaching pathway.”
And Rovers wouldn’t be averse to promoting from within by giving the gaffer’s role to a veteran current player.
Mark Weir, who has been a Rovers player for 18 years, comes into that category.
Although Slater’s tenure ended in disappointment and verbal abuse from some fans, his time in charge did have good times including a fantastic run to the Scottish Junior Cup last 16 last season.
The Carluke outfit defeated junior giants Irvine Meadow 1-0 to set up a last 16 tie against fellow Division 2 side Gartcairn which they lost 3-2.
"Everyone has a shelf life," McKnight added.
"We had that brilliant run last season and Colin also got us promoted in the 2011/2012 season.
"But Colin showed a lot of faith in older players this season and I think he maybe stuck with them for too long.
"We had younger players on the bench who weren't getting an opportunity.
"There was a good crowd at the game on Saturday and I heard people saying that if this was the best that Rovers could offer then they wouldn't be back.
"A lot of supporters made their feelings known."
Rovers chiefs hope to name Slater's successor by October 18.