Greenock Morton have appointed Gus MacPherson as manager until the end of the season as former Tottenham coach Anton McElhone’s interim reign ends.
David Hopkin resigned as Morton manager last year and McElhone has been interim boss since. Having previously spent a decade at Tottenham Hotspur as a fitness and youth coach, he helped form part of Hopkin’s backroom staff before taking temporary charge, playing a key role in bringing Kazaiah Sterling to Cappielow from Spurs in the winter window.
His latest result was a crucial 1-0 away win over Inverness that has moved Morton sixth in the Championship. But now the Ton have gone for an experienced set of managerial hands in MacPherson until the end of the season, McElhone to remain at the club.
He will take charge of the team during Saturday’s match with Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park. MacPherson is well-known for managing Renfrewshire rivals St Mirren, alongside spells with Queen of the South and Queen’s Park.
Andy Millen will join the Cappielow side as assistant manager. He has previously been in similar roles at St Mirren, Hamilton, Queen of the South, Ayr, and most recently Kilmarnock with Alex Dyer, where he helped take interim charge earlier this year before departing.
A Ton statement reads: “The club would like to thank Anton McElhone for his efforts in his time as Interim Manager. Following the resignation of David Hopkin, Anton quickly agreed to take on a difficult task at a difficult time and approached his first managerial position with professionalism, honesty, and endeavour.
“The Greenock Morton Board felt that experience would be crucial in the remaining eight games as we battle to maintain our Championship status and we are delighted to have Gus and Andy on board for that challenge.”