JOE Murray resigned as manager of Vale of Leithen following Saturday’s 10-2 defeat by Musselburgh Athletic in East Lothian.

Murray took over on an interim basis following Mikey Wilson’s resignation in the wake of a 9-0 home defeat to Tynecastle on October 15 last year.

The 38-year-old started his professional career at Falkirk and has enjoyed success at a number of junior and East of Scotland clubs such as Musselburgh, Tranent, Haddington, Edinburgh United and Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale.

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His first game ended in an 8-2 away defeat to Jeanfield Swifts and this was followed by a 3-0 away defeat to Sauchie Juniors.

Murray’s  first home game ended in a 6-0 defeat to Musselburgh Athletic however from then on performances started to improve.

On November 12 Vale lost 3-1 away to Crossgates Primrose then after a three week break they lost 3-1 at home to Haddington.

Just before Christmas Vale lost 4-0 to Penicuik Athletic.

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On January 3  Murray was appointed as manager on a permanent basis and in his first match Vale returned to action with a narrow 2-1 defeat at home to Crossgates.

Once again a number of games were called off and Vale returned to action on Saturday against Musselburgh.

After the game Murray said: “I’d like to thank the committee and everyone who’s helped me for my time at the Vale.

“Apologies for that performance today and wish you all the best going forward.”

A Vale spokesperson said: “After today’s defeat Joe has decided to resign and the club would like to thank him for his contribution over the last few months.

“His assistant Ross McLaren will take over team matters.”