Laurie Ellis has been appointed Queen’s Park head coach as he beats the likes of Everton hero Alan Stubbs to the role.

Ellis was Ray McKinnon’s assistant manager last season as Queen’s Park won League Two at the first time of asking as a full-time club. Former SFA performance director Malky Mackay and former Everton and Hibs man Alan Stubbs were candidates but Ellis has won the race to lead the club in League One.

Dundee United interim manager Laurie Ellis speaks to the press.

Ellis has beaten the likes of former Everton man Stubbs to the role. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

A Raith Rovers legend, Ellis has coached with Dundee United and served as caretaker at Tannadice twice. Queen’s Park chief executive Leeann Dempster said: “Following Ray’s departure it became clear to me pretty quickly that in Laurie we had someone already in place who was ideally qualified to help deliver our long-term vision for the Club.

“It was a vision it was obvious he shared from the conversations I have had with him over the past week or so. I’m very happy to make this announcement today.  Now Laurie and I will work together to deliver long-term, sustainable structures and cultures to deliver success to Queen’s Park.”

Ellis added: “I’ve been fortunate to work with some very good people and I feel confident in stepping up.  I’m privileged to get the opportunity, and I’m excited to get to work to help build the Club to deliver sustained success through attracting and developing talented young footballers.”

Club president David Hunter believes it’s a great move: “I’m personally delighted that Laurie has accepted the role.  It’s clear that with Laurie and Leeann we have excellent people who are committed to delivering success through establishing structures and values that will ensure Queen’s Park remains a unique Club in the Scottish game.”

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