KILBIRNIE Ladeside have announced their replacement for departing manager Shaun Dillon.

Replacing Dillon will be Colin Spence who is to be joined by Willie Lyle who will assume the role of assistant manager.

It will be the third time the pair have united at one club, having both played together in an all conquering Auchinleck Talbot team, and Spence signed Lyle in early 2022 - while he was co-manager at Irvine Meadow.

Spence has been out of management since September of last year - when he and fellow co-manager James Latta resigned from their roles at Irvine Meadow.

They left after two-and-a-half years as manager of his hometown side, where they guided Medda to a high of eighth in the West of Scotland Football League (WoSFL) Premier Division.

He spent more than five years in Irvine overall, playing for the club before he was appointed manager.

When Spence left his role until his appointment at Ladeside, it was his first time out of football in over two decades.

Now, he steps back into the game, alongside a novice assistant in Willie Lyle - who joins from Irvine Meadow.

The pair bring a wealth of experience at the top level of the game, which Ladeside believe will help propel them towards promotion next season.

After results this weekend, the club can no longer gain promotion from the WoSFL First Division back into the Premier Division following their relegation last season.

Confirming their new manager's arrival in a statement on social media, the club's committee spoke of their hopes following the appointment.

They said: "Colin has a wealth of playing experience and has recently begun on the managerial ladder.

"We firmly believe he has the desire, knowledge and ability to aid the club significantly as we embark on gaining Premier League status next season."

The rest of Spence's background team are to be confirmed in due course.