FORMER Musselburgh Athletic player Calvin Shand has been confirmed as the club's new manager.

Shand, who played for the club until hanging up his boots in 2014, succeeds Stevie McLeish in the role after he left to join Newtongrange Star last month.

The former Burgh defender, who was part of the squad that reached the 2011 Scottish Junior Cup final, will take on his first managerial role.

The 32-year-old moves from Linlithgow Rose, where he has worked under former Musselburgh manager Davie McGlynn,

Confirming Shand had left the club to take the Musselburgh job, McGlynn told Courier Sport he was pleased for his long-time friend.

He said: "I've known Calvin a long time and he's been my assistant here for the last year.

"He wanted to do his own thing and I'm sure he'll do a good job."

McGlynn, whose dad Charlie is president of Musselburgh Athletic, highlighted some off-field problems that Shand may have to overcome.

He added: "I know he's working hard to bring players in to strengthen the squad.

"He'll have a difficult job, though, because of various things that have gone on and the way the club was left by the previous manager."

Shand, who was among the favourites for the job when McLeish succeeded McGlynn at Olive Bank.

He was in caretaker charge of the club following McGlynn's departure after nearly a decade at the helm, but turned down the chance of taking the job.

The new Burgh boss will oversee the club's pre-season training, which begins later this month.

His first games in charge will be a pair of pre-season friendlies, both at Olive Bank.

Burgh welcome Benfield, from Newcastle, on July 23, followed by Cumnock seven days later as they prepare for another season in the East Superleague.

They finished in seventh place, with 43 points and 13 wins from their 30 league games.