Ray Farningham confirmed as Montrose manager

Montrose manager Ray Farningham
Farningham was previously a coach with Dundee and managed Forfar

Montrose have confirmed Ray Farningham as manager a month after he was appointed caretaker following the departure of Steven Tweed.

The 49-year-old will be assisted by Stuart Garden, who becomes first-team coach after previously being goalkeeping coach.

Montrose lost their first two games under Farningham, the former Dundee midfielder who was Tweed's number two.

But they followed those with a win over Elgin and a draw away to Clyde.

Montrose said in a website statement: "Following Steven Tweed's decision to step down three weeks ago, the directors asked Ray, in conjunction with Stuart, to assume responsibility for the management, coaching and team selection duties on a caretaker role.

"During that time, they have impressed the players, board of directors and supporters with their positive approach.

"Therefore, the club is mindful the management team is settled to allow them sufficient time to consider player contracts and composition of the squad for next season."

Montrose sit eighth in Division Three, level on points with East Stirlingshire, who have a game in hand, and six ahead of bottom side Clyde, who have three extra games to play.

Farningham, who played for Forfar Athletic, Motherwell, Dunfermline Athletic, Partick Thistle and Dundee, managed Forfar for a season from 2005.

He helped them retain their place in Division Two before leaving to become Gretna's chief scout.

Tweed, who joined Montrose in January 2009, had left Links Park citing his promotion to a managerial position with the Royal Bank of Scotland.