Huntly FC today announce the formation of a new management team at Christie Park when former stalwart Doug Baxter re-joined the club as co-manager with Mark Gray.

He will take up his position with immediate effect and will be in the dugout for this weekend’s local derby with Inverurie Locos.

Baxter, who also turned out in the Highland League for Peterhead and Cove Rangers recently stepped down as manager at Banks o Dee recently was delighted to confirm he was returning to Huntly having served briefly as first team coach back in 2010 with John Teasdale.

“Having started my playing career at Huntly nobody knows more than I do what a great club this is with a fantastic history and my job is to work with Mark to build the club back up to where I believe they belong. I have been back there as a manger a few times recently and you can see that off the Park the setup is very professional and we  now need to try and get a team on the park that matches the off field progress and I will be working tirelessly to try and achieve that”.

Huntly Chairman, George Clark said he felt this was easy decision for the club to make when looking for a successor to Gregg Carrol “When the club had the opportunity of recruiting someone of Doug’s experience and pedigree in management it really was a straightforward decision. When you add in he is a former player with knowledge of the club and the community, as well as being a good friend of Mark Gray’s then it is difficult to think of a better fit for our requirements as a club.

The Board of the club will do all it can to provide Doug and Mark with every support to achieve success and I am sure they will relish the task in front of them.”     

Mark Gray had two spells as a player with the black and gold’s making 435 squad appearances. He originally signing for the club in 1996 under Doug Rougvie before leaving for Formartine United two years later. He returned to Christie Park in 2003 as one of Billy Anderson’s first signings and picked up two championships during his time as a player and was a member of the team which won the inaugural SFA Challenge Cup (North) in 2007/08. Gray was appointed first team coach in 2012 after the departure of Ally McGinlay. Two years later he was promoted to Assistant Manager under Gregg Carrol in February 2014 and after enjoying a testimonial match against Aberdeen last year he continued to play for the side up until the end of the 2014/15 season.

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