No ill will to Berwick, says former boss Jimmy Crease

Jimmy Crease
Crease led Berwick to last season's Scottish Cup fourth round, where the club lost to eventual winners Celtic

Jimmy Crease says he remains on good terms with the board at Berwick Rangers, despite standing down as manager at Shielfield Park.

The 62-year-old left the club after Saturday's 4-0 Scottish Cup defeat by Deveronvale, ending a two-and-a-half year stay at the Division Three club.

"I've no qualms at all about the club," Crease told BBC Newcastle.

"I've been there a long time, the directors have given me their full backing, it's my decision to go."

Crease began his association with the border club in 1973 as a player, and has enjoyed four spells as manager at the club.

This most recent spell in charge saw the club host eventual winners Celtic in last season's Scottish Cup fourth round, limiting the Premier League side to a 2-0 scoreline.

Even this season the club has recorded some impressive results, winning at Partick Thistle to secure a League Cup date with Hibernian, as well as thumping Clyde 4-1 just a month ago.

However the exit at the hands of Highland League outfit Deveronvale helped Crease decide to stand down.

"I'm not looking for excuses," he added.

"We've had an up and down start, especially in the league and there are games we should have won.

"But in the cup we've had three good away ties, at Clyde, Dumbarton and Partick Thistle.

"We've been a bit inconsistent."

Rangers' assistant boss Ian Little has been installed as interim manager while the board search for a new man in charge, but Crease is keen to retain a close bond with the club.

"The chairman has already indicated he'd like to remain in some capacity at the club,"

"I've not just been the manager, coach and player there, but I've also done a lot things on the other side of the game.

"I'll take a few weeks off first, let the new manager come in for two or three weeks, let him settle in and then I'll talk to the chairman."