It had been my intention today to finish and post the first half of a two part series on an MLS-related topic, but during the course of my workday Twitter informed me of two pieces Ross County-related news that were “time sensitive,” whereas my MLS post was not. So, knowing that flexibility is part and parcel of being a fake journalist I’m going with the breaking news and the MLS posts will go up on Sunday and Monday afternoons instead.
Our first news comes not from Victoria Park in Dingwall, but rather, from a bit further north- from Dudgeon Park in Brora. Two-time defending Highland League side Brora Rangers F.C. have filled their recently vacated managerial post (bullet point #2) with none other than former Ross County captain and eternal Ross County legend Richard Brittain. Britain was released by County at the end of the 2014-2015 season and signed with Brora a few weeks later. Brittain was in the news recently discussing his plans to pair his part time football career with a new, full-time career, as a construction site manager. I would have to guess that the latter move is going to be put on hold for at least the length of the 2015-2016 season. I know I join all Ross County supporters in wishing Richie the absolute best as Brora’s player-manager this season and I’m sure I’m not the only one who hopes that, if he finds the job to his liking and is successful at it, he might find his way back to Dingwall at some point as manager at County. Oh, and one more thing- if you’re a Brora player and you can’t get yourself energized to play for/with Richard Brittain you might want to consider hanging up your boots.
The other bit of news does come directly from Dingwall and that is the announcement that on July 25 the club will host a friendly match with Dutch Eredivisie side N.E.C. (Nijmegen Eendracht Combinative). N.E.C. played in the Erste Divisie (which literally translates to “First Division” even though it is the second division- GAH!) this past season, but were champions of it and were automatically returned to the top flight. This is probably County most “glamorous” friendly since they played a Manchester United XI in 2013. In that case, then Director of Football George Adams used his Aberdeen ties to United’s Sir Alex Ferguson to get the match for County. This time around one guesses that County made a favorable impression on Dutch football with their training trips over the past few years and that it didn’t hurt that it was former N.E.C. manager Jimmy Calderwood (who also spent the second half of his playing career in the Netherlands) that County called upon to manage the second half of the 2010-2011 when the “Willie McStay Experiment” crashed and burned.