Almost exactly a month after the dismissal of manager Brian Young, Beit Juniors finally found a replacement.
Ex-Ashinlek Talbat will be replaced by Chris Strain, who was relieved of his duties at Kilving Rangers just 11 days before Young’s dismissal.
Strain had played his previous role in the Kilving Rangers for almost eight years before the club decided to release him.
He left with the Buffs, who finished fifth in the Premier League in the west of Scotland – a position they remain today.
Stan will be assisted by Beit legend Kevin MacDonald, as his appointment as assistant coach has also been confirmed by the club.
Bate confirmed his appointment earlier today, May 17, in a statement on social media.
They said: “Bate Juniors is pleased to announce Chris Strain as our new manager.
“Chris will join the club immediately, and Mighty legend Kevin MacDonald will join him. Everyone at the club is happy to welcome Chris and Kevin and can’t wait for a new era to begin.”
The new boss Strain added: “I am glad to have been honored to run the club and I am confident we will be successful.
“I’m looking forward to working with the players and will be making plans to meet all of them face to face next week or so.
“My immediate plans will be to build a team for next season so we are ready to work when we start.”
Belsdale Park’s season ended over the weekend when they lost to Glennaftan Athletic 3-2.
However, they secured top flight status in their previous match, a mid-week 3-1 victory over Cumberno that had already taken off, which raised them by 54 points – out of 52 needed for safety.
Bate scored seven points in his five games without a manager to confirm his position in the Scottish Premier League next season.
The strain will be able to meet with his old side and his own replacement David Gormley if the two sides meet in the league next term.