Morton coach Anton McElhone has given his thanks to David Hopkin after the former Bradford City and Crystal Palace man’s Cappielow departure.

The former Ton player left the Greenock side last week, the club stating that he left the Championship club for financial reasons. A renowned player with Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Scotland, Hopkin took the reigns 18 months ago.

The former Crystal Palace man left last week.

The former Crystal Palace man left last week. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group via Getty Images)

He left the club mid-table in the Championship and his side responded on Saturday, ending Dunfermline’s unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 victory at East End Park.

Stand-in boss McElhone has praised Hopkin: “A massive thank you to David Hopkin because he is the one who has put this team together.

“He is the one who has coached them all and trained them, it’s not me. He’s got a great bunch of players and they’ve given him a big ‘well done’.

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Hopkin has been hailed. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“He’s obviously done a great thing for the club by leaving for financial reasons to try and keep the club going. It’s been a massively difficult week, David’s a friend, he’s done a lot for me over the last 10 years.

“It’s not ideal because it’s Christmas. I expect the club to have 50-100 applications through the door. My job is to do the job I was doing as assistant manager and lead the players as the only coach at the club.

“We take it from there. Our aim is to work with the club and win as many points as we can to stay in the division. The players get paid peanuts, the players work their socks off. They can go the distance. But the club is in good hands.”

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