Toon share the points as Sheran is dismissed


An eventful 24 hours that began with manager John Sheran and his coaching staff being sacked ended with Peterhead sharing the spoils with Queens Park.

Over the piece, a draw was probably about right with chances being evenly shared and while the Blue Toon’s poor home record in 2011 continues, as many positives should be taken out of this game as possible in the hope that the appointment of a new manager will energise an underperforming squad.

Whether the result with John Sheran in charge would have been any different remains to be seen, but the sooner his replacement is put in place the better.

Various names have already been mentioned but that of East Fife boss John Robertson is one that regularly crops up as he has indicated that the travelling from his Inverness home is becoming too much.

Peterhead announced the departure of Sheran and his coaching team on Friday, citing a disastrous start to the season exiting the Ramsdens Cup and Communities League Cup in the first round and five defeats in six league starts as the reason behidn the decision.

In a statement, Toon chairman Rodger Morrison said: “We are all very disappointed for John. Although he has worked extremely hard, he has been unable to find a winning formula.

“It is a regrettable situation, however we feel a change now is required to maintain our promotion ambitions. We would like to thank John and his team for all their hard work and dedication they have shown in their time at the club.”

Sheran himself was disappointed with the decision, and claimed to “feel cheated and used” having prepared the team all week for the game against Queen’s Park only to be told that it was all over on the Friday.

He claimed it was unrealistic for a manager to be judged on half a dozen games and admitted he was disappointed with the way in which the matter had been handled by the club.

Peterhead FC will be accepting applications for the position of first team manager as of next week.

The latest news came in the same week that the club appointed sacked Broch manager Charlie Duncan in a role within its youth development team.

He was catapulted back into the dugout to take charge of the team with the assistance of Martin Bavidge.

Even now there is mounting speculation that Duncan - who was British football’s longest serving manager with 27 years at Fraserburgh - could be headed for the hot seat at Balmoor.

Chances from the home side were sparse in the first half but the game may have been different had a chance after only 11 seconds gone in.

Aaron Conway sent Rory McAllister clear but Queens Park keeper Neil Parry bravely blocked the shot.

That was really it until 10 minutes before the break. McAllister created space for himself on the left of goal to set up Lewis Davidson, a last minute replacement for Alan Rattray who was injured in the warm up, but his shot at a difficult height flew over.

Queen’s Park played with confidence and might have scored themselves when a 25 yard Martin McBride free kick shaved the outside of the right hand post.

They had the ball in the net after 22 minutes but the Linesman’s flag went up for offside before David Murray saw his shot at the back post smothered by Paul Jarvie.

The Spiders were only to be denied for seven minutes after the re-start however. McBride whipped over the perfect cross from the right but one of the smallest men on the pitch, Ian Watt, shouldn’t have been allowed the space to head home with Jarvie failing to come for the ball and his defenders failing to deal with the cross either.

The Blue Toon might have had a penalty for what appeared to be a clear hand ball by defender Ricky Little and three minutes later Martin Bavidge looped a header over the crossbar.

After 73 minutes they were level though. Graeme Sharp crossed from the left wing, McAllister had his header saved on the line by Parry but co-caretaker manager Bavidge was on hand to bundle the ball into the net.

Both sides could have snatched a winner.

Jamie Longworth cracked a shot off the post for the visitors whilst at the other end McAllister clipped a ball from the edge of the 6 yard box onto the head of substitute David Ross but his effort was saved.

On Saturday Peterhead make the relatively short journey to Montrose.

Will a new manager be in place by then and if so, who ?

PETERHEAD: Jarvie, Donald, Davidson, McDonald, Bishop, R. Ross, Watson, Sharp, Sellars, McAllister, bavidge (Wyness 79), COnway (D. Ross 60). Subs not used: Jellema, Wood