Kilbirnie Ladeside co-manager Shaun Dillon has departed the club after nine months in the role.

He joined the club in August 2021, taking up the position alongside Tommy Molloy, after the pair had previously spent four years together working at Greenock Juniors.

Molloy will remain at the club - taking up the position as sole manager.

Ladeside confirmed the news with a statement on Twitter earlier today, May 19.

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They said: "It is with deep regret that we announce the departure of co-manager Shaun Dillon.

"The challenges around co-manager arrangements for both parties is an extremely difficult situation to manage.

"Shaun firmly believes it is for the greater good and beenefit of the football club that we must have a sole person in charge and with a lot of soul searching he has decided to allow Tommy (Molloy) to take full control on team matters, a gesture that highlights the highest regards he has for his good friend."

Kilbirnie Ladeside were relegated from the West of Scotland Premiership earlier this season, however enjoyed a far better points return under Molloy and Dillon than they had prior to their appointment after the first few games of the season.

The club continued: "On behalf of the committee and our supporters, we thank Shaun most sincerely for all he's brought the Kilbirnie Ladeside in his role as co-manager, we wish him well in his next role."

Dillon himself also took the time to thank those from the club for supporting him throughout his time as co-boss.

He said: "Absolutely loved my time at the club. Not the way any of us wanted it to end but feel it's the best decision for the club.

"I wish nothing but success to Tommy, Oweny, (the) Committee and all you fans!

"(I'll) Hopefully be back one day in a few years time leading you again. Take care everyone."

Ladeside will now begin preparations for the new West of Scotland Football League Division One with Tommy Molloy in sole charge of the team.