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Breaking: Allan Johnston has left Queen of the South

Former Queen of the South Manager Allan Johnston Credit: ITV News Border

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.

He said:

"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.

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Queen of the South Scottish First Division fixtures 2013/2014

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

Majority of football clubs in South of Scotland voted against changes

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.

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.

– Iain Dougan, Vice-chairman Stranraer FC

Queen of the South back new plans for Scottish football

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.

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."

– Billy Hewitson, Chairman of Queen of the South

Queens were promoted to the old Scottish First Division last season.

Annan Athletic vote against league restructure

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.

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Queen of the South murals in a league of their own

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:

Palmerston Park murals almost complete

A project to transform a dilapidated section of wall outside of the Queen of the South football ground is almost complete.

Nine out of the twelve panels have undergone a facelift, with colourful murals illustrating the club's history.

Artist Jo McSkimming, from Southerness, who is behind the Palmerston Park upgrade, is now considering illustrating the recent success of current boss Allan Johnston being crowned PFA "Manager of the Year".

Other panels include a tribute to former chairman Davie Rae and the club's hugely successful run in the 2008 Scottish Cup.

Queen's new pitch unveiled next season

Work starts this week to dig up the old turf pitch at Queen of the South and replace it with a new 3G surface.

The Palmerston Park ground, home of Queens since 1919, will be the latest club in South West Scotland to get a new artificial pitch - Annan Athletic ditched grass last year.

It'll cost £500,000 with Dumfries and Galloway Council paying £225,000 towards the cost, matched by SportScotland. The club is paying a further £60,000.

Doonhamer fans have been buying pieces of the old turf at £10 per square yard to help raise some of the costs.

The club says the new pitch will mean that community groups and children from local clubs and schools will be able to use the facilities during the week when the Queen of the South team don't need it.

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