New Queen of the South manager James Fowler is expecting a tough first game in charge against Hearts.
But he's confident his team can get a positive result at home on Saturday.
A former Queen of the South player has pleaded guilty to assaulting a man outside a Dumfries pub last October.
Ryan McGuffie, 34, punched Graham Neish, causing him to fall to the ground. The victim was taken to Dumfries Infirmary where he underwent surgery, but has made a full recovery.
The court was told the assault happened after something was said by Neish, and McGuffie verbally challenged him.
Sheriff George Jamieson called for background reports and deferred sentencing until October 28.
McGuffie, who has been with St. Alban’s Saints in Victoria, was said to be staying at his father’s address in Dumfries.
Queen of the South have named their new manager: James Fowler.
He joined the club as a player-coach in the summer, and was put in temporary control after Jim McIntyre left to join Ross County.
Before taking the reigns at Palmerston he spent most of his career at Kilmarnock, where he made 401 appearances in the former Scottish Premier League - a record.
“I felt when I was given the opportunity that I had to work towards that and I feel that I’ve done that with the preparations and stuff. So not too much will change.”
Queen of the South are due to unveil their new manager later.
The club has called a press conference for two o'clock this afternoon (September 30). Queens have been without a manager since Jim McIntyre left for Ross County three weeks ago.
Police are trying to trace vandals who spray painted a series of murals charting the history of Dumfries football club Queen of the South.
The works by artist Jo McSkimming were commissioned by the People's Project - a community group led by Mark Jardine.
The vandalism happened some time on Saturday night.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact police.
With coach Billy Dodds opting to follow Jim McIntyre to Ross County, Queen of the South have announced that player/coach James Fowler has agreed to take charge of first team affairs at Palmerston Park while a full time replacement to McIntrye is sought.
He looks set to pick the side for the Doonhamers trip to Falkirk on Saturday.
With the shock departure of fan favourite Jim McIntyre, Doonhamers fans are eager to find out who his replacement will be.
Early speculation has put forward a number of potential candidates.
Scottish betting site McBookies.com has published odds on the next appointment. The joint favourites at 5/2 are former managers Billy Dodds and Danny Lennon. In third at 6/1 is Jimmy Calderwood and at 8/1 is former England captain Terry Butcher.
Queen of the South have confirmed that Jim McIntyre has left the club in order to take the vacant manager's position at Ross County.
It is understood that McIntyre was interviewed for the role on Sunday, offered it yesterday and has accepted this morning after considering the offer overnight.
A statement from the club on its website thanked McIntyre for his work and wished him well in his new job.
"Whilst clearly very disappointed to lose the manager`s services, we understand his desire to work at a higher level again and the Board would like to thank both he and Ross County FC for the professional manner in which the negotiations took place.
We would also like to place on record our thanks for his services over the past 15 months and acknowledgement that he achieved all the targets set for him in that time. We believe he leaves the club well equipped to push for a play-off place in the Championship again despite the quality of clubs at this level this season."
Queen of the South boss Jim McIntyre is being linked with the vacancy at Scottish Premier League side Ross County.
Queens are currently fourth in the Scottish championship, while County are bottom of the SPL having lost their first five games of the season.
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