May 23 2012 By Colin Paterson
ALBION ROVERS have appointed Todd Lumsden as the club's new manager after Paul Martin decided to step down.
The Cliftonhill outfit, who retained their Irn-Bru Second Division status on Sunday, moved quickly to replace Martin who called time on his four-year reign for health reasons.
Lumsden has been Martin's assistant for the past three years and he described the Rovers job as "too good an opportunity to turn down".
He was set to meet the players on Tuesday night for contract talks.
Rovers chairman Frank Meade says Lumsden was the unanimous choice of the board and promised to give the 34-year-old time to succeed.
Meade told Advertiser Sport: "He is delighted with the opportunity. Todd was keen to take on the role and continuity is important.
"We don't see ourselves as a firing club. He will be given the time to develop and grow into the role. The board will support him and be ready to give advice.
"The one thing I have learned in my seven years here is that one of the most important things you can give a manager is time."
Meade paid a glowing tribute to former gaffer Martin and added: "When you look at how far he has brought the club, we should all be grateful that we have had him here.
"I would say Paul is the best manager the club has ever had and I can't pay him any better tribute than that."