SHETLAND’S senior football manager Niall Bristow is to step down following this summer’s inter county match against Orkney.
Shetland Football Association said it was in the process of finding a successor to Bristow before the end of this season. The inter county clash takes place on Saturday 1 August.
Bristow is busy readying the team for a return to action at the NatWest Island Games in Jersey following a six-year absence. The team, who set off for the Channel Islands on 24 June, have been drawn in a group against the Isle of Wight, the Falkland Islands and Hitra.
The team’s preparations were boosted when a goal from captain Leighton Flaws was enough to see off the challenge of Thurso and clinch the Jock Mackay Memorial Cup back in April.
Bristow masterminded Shetland’s famous success in the 2005 Island Games when they took the footballing gold medal with a 2-0 win over Guernsey at the Gilbertson Park.
This is his second spell in charge of the football side. Bristow took on the role in early 2012 with a view to building for this year’s competition.
A Shetland Football Association spokesman said: “Niall is currently preparing his team for the NatWest island Games in Jersey – with the team set to leave Shetland on 24 June.
“The association would like to have a new coach ready to take over by that time, so as to provide continuity and stability prior to the end of the season, and allow training to be booked etc. It will also allow a lead-in time for the new coach.”