Neil Hastings has left Gala Fairydean Rovers with ‘fond memories’ and has thanked the board, players and volunteers for their support during his time at the club.

Hastings took over at Netherdale in the summer of 2019 and made an immediate on the club with his professionalism, ambition and passion.

He led Rovers to their highest league finish last season and everyone at the club wish him well in his new full-time post in the game.

Hastings said: “Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Chairman and the Board for their belief and trust in giving me my first managerial post back in May 2019. They have continued to support and help me during my time at the club and for that I will be forever grateful.

“Secondly, I would like to thank everyone behind the scenes at the club. At Gala this group is not a huge number and all of them are volunteers and at any level there is a lot of time & work that must be put in to get games on.

“Washing strips, setting up goals, running turnstiles and hospitality, are all jobs that need to be done and both the players and I appreciate it.

“Finally, I need to thank all of the players and every member of staff who have been at the club during my time. Please believe me none of them pay their mortgage from being at the club but their commitment & the sacrifices they have made have been second to none.

“I believe we currently have a fantastic group of players and staff who I have enjoyed working and spending time with!

“In football there are many ups and downs and during my time at the club this has been no different. We have had positive results and disappointing results and performances, but the most frustrating thing is we haven’t been able to complete a full season during my time due to each season being prematurely finished due to covid.

“I leave a fantastic club with good people who have good morals & beliefs. I leave with fond memories and friends for life. Thanks, and take care.”

Club Chairman, Ryan Cass, added: “I can’t thank Neil, the coaching staff and the players enough over the last few seasons and wish him all the best for the future. It didn’t surprise me when a club from the top-flight came calling as his coaching skills are second to none but most importantly as a person he is a great guy that wants to constantly learn and develop as a coach.

“He has built a tremendous team spirit here at Gala which hasn’t gone unseen as the season tickets sales have been on the rise for the last two seasons.

“The club wishes him good luck to not only our now ex-manager but to our friend and no doubt he’ll progress even further in the game.”

Hastings will be replaced by his assistant Martin Scott.