Head coach Jim McInally resigns from East Stirlingshire

David Nicholls and Jim McInally
Nicholls and McInally came close to finishing bottom with Shire this season

East Stirlingshire are searching for a new coaching team after the resignation of Jim McInally and David Nicholls.

Head coach McInally and his assistant tendered their resignations after Shire avoided finishing bottom of Division Three with a final-day win over Annan.

And the Falkirk-based club's website stated: "The board would like to make it clear that it wanted both men to remain in position.

"However, neither feels in a position where they could do so."

McInally, the 47-year-old former Celtic, Nottingham Forest, Coventry, Dundee United, Dundee, Raith Rovers, Sligo Rovers and East Fife midfielder, had been in charge since 2008.

He had previously managed Sligo and Morton and led Shire into the promotion play-offs two seasons in a row.

This season, it looked like a late surge by Clyde could leave the side presently ground-sharing at Stenousemuir's Ochilview bottom of the table.

However, a 2-0 win over Annan, combined with the Bully Wee's 3-0 reverse at Stranraer, meant that Shire finished in ninth place.

"A decision on a new coaching appointment will be made in due course," added the website statement.