Queen of South's Allan Johnston has been named PFA Scotland Manager of the Year. Striker Nicky Clark is 2nd Division Player of the Year.
Rangers boss Ally McCoist has confirmed he is interested in Queen of the South striker Nicky Clark
Scottish second division champions thank fans for their support at their first home game since being crowned.
Queen of the South have announced that they will be naming their new manager at 1pm this afternoon.
Former manager Allan Johnston and his assistant Sandy Clark left the club for Kilmarnock on Monday (24th June).
The search is on for a new manager of Queen of the South.
The Dumfries side lost Allan Johnston yesterday after he signed to his former club Kilmarnock, along with assistant Sandy Clark.
It is a big blow for the club but life and football go on as Matthew Taylor reports:
A 97-year-old Queen of the South fan says that Allan Johnston's move to Kilmarnock is a "big mistake".
George Blount has been supporting the club for more than 80 years:
Queen of the South have confirmed that they are now formally seeking a new manager.
They have already received 50 job applications since Allan Johnson indicated he was signing for Kilmarnock.
The Board at Queens are now sifting through the applicants and hope to appoint a new manager this weekend.
Queen of the South have confirmed that Manager Allan Johnston has accepted a deal to move to his former club Kilmarnock, along with his assistant Sandy Clark.
Chairman Billy Hewitson said he was very disappointed that it had taken so long for Johnston to make his mind up.
He added that he intended to get a new manager in place by the end of this week.
"I am disappointed that it has taken so long. It would have been better if he had made a decision a week ago.
"The new manager will now have to pick up the pieces because training has already started.
"We will get a new manager in place as quickly as possible and hope to conduct interviews this week.
"We cant go into next week without having a manager in place. But this is football and we will get over it.
The Scottish First Division fixtures have been announced for the 2013/2014 season.
Below you can see the Queen of the South fixtures for the first two weekends of the campaign, Boxing Day and January 2nd matches and the final match of the season.
- Saturday, 10th August, 2013- Queen of the South v. Dundee
- Saturday, 17th August, 2013- Livingston v. Queen of the South
- Thursday, 26th December, 2013- Queen of the South v. Livingston
- Thursday, 2nd January, 2014- Hamilton v. Queen of the South
- Saturday, 3rd May, 2014- Cowdenbeath v. Queen of the South
ITV Border has learnt that three out of the four clubs in the South of Scotland voted against plans to form a single league in Scotland.
Annan Athletic, Stranraer FC and Berwick Rangers voted against the proposals at a meeting today.
Only Queen of the South voted in favour from this region
The plans were passed by 23 votes to six amongst the lower league clubs. But because it needed a 75 percent majority, the proposals were actually carried by a single vote.
– Iain Dougan, Vice-chairman Stranraer FC
It's supposed to be a 42 club solution but it does nothing for the clubs in the third and second division either financially, voting-wise or structurally. We feel clubs from the lower two divisions have been pushed aside. We will be, at best, financially no better off.
The chairman of the Queen of the South has given his backing to the new structure for football in Scotland.
Billy Hewitson said that the plans would spread television rights money more equally amongst all the clubs in the new Scottish Football League.
– Billy Hewitson, Chairman of Queen of the South
It's not just good for Queen of the South, it's good for Scottish football because it'll lead to a unified body and that will give it more stability.
It provides a better financial distribution model for all clubs in the league."
Queens were promoted to the old Scottish First Division last season.
Annan Athletic are one of just six clubs who voted against plans to create a single league in Scotland, doing away with the old two tier system.
The chairman of Annan, Henry McClelland has gone on record saying that lower league clubs have been asked to make a dangerous "leap of faith".
He added that he was in favour of reform but not in the way it is currently being proposed.
In football Queen of the South fans are still basking in one of the most successful season's in the club's history.
A League and Cup double, having the division's player of the year and the Scottish League's finest manager, is year the fans will never want to forget.
All of their achievements are now being immortalise, as murals at Palmerston Park tell the tale of almost a hundred years of the club's history.
Ryan Dollard reports: