Long-standing manager of Forres Mechanics has announced his resignation from the club this month.
The news came on the Forres Mechanics’ Official Facebook page which carried Charlie’s statement:
“It’s with great sadness that I inform you that I will be leaving my position as manager of Forres Mechanics FC.
“My last game as manager will be our home game v Turriff on the 13th Nov.
“My decision was made with a heavy heart but I feel its the right decision for myself and family as well as the long term ambitions of the club.
“I have to say that my 2 decades at this great club have been thoroughly enjoyable with some notable highs and experiences throughout. I have done my best to represent the club in a way fitting of its history and standing in the Highland League.
“As a family, we’d all like to thank the club on how they welcomed and treated us throughout my time there. I would like to place on record my sincerest thanks to:
- all committee / board members / employees / volunteers past and present for their support
- all supporters who’ve followed us home and away through rain or shine
- all of my assistants /coaches who without them it wouldn’t have been the same
- all the players who’ve passed through the doors of Mosset, you’ve provided me with such positive life lasting memories
“I would also like to say a special thank you to ex-secretary and current chairman Dave Macdonald who I’ve worked alongside throughout my 10 years as manager.
“Finally my last thank you is for James Anderson. The Doc gave me the opportunity to manage this special club and provided me with unwavering support whilst he was chairman. What started as a working relationship soon changed to a friendship and for this I will be forever grateful.
“Mon The Cans!”
Messages of thanks, sadness and inspiration have been left on the post, and the directors have offered Charlie a place on the board.
Integrity and loyalty
A statement issued by the board yesterday said:
“The board and everyone associated with Forres Mechanics FC wish to thank Charlie Rowley for the integrity and loyalty he has shown in his 20 years at the club whilst as a player, coach and manager.
“His main achievement as manager was winning the Highland League title in season 2011/12 and the club will be forever grateful for his contribution in making this happen. Also under his management, we won the North of Scotland Football Association Cup in season 2010/11.
“Charlie has been offered a seat on the Board of Directors and we hope he will accept this position in the fullness of time.
“The board wish Charlie and his family all the very best for the future and they will always be welcome at Mosset Park.
Thank you Charlie.”