East Kilbride FC is delighted to confirm that Billy Stark has agreed to become our new first team Manager.

The club has undertaken a robust recruitment process since the start of June, with Billy being identified as the outstanding candidate we hope can help us achieve our goal of promotion to the SPFL.

Billy brings an enormity of experience at the highest level of Scottish football, with an illustrious playing career, combined with coaching and management experience at every level of senior football in Scotland.

A glittering playing career saw Billy enjoy successful spells with St Mirren, Aberdeen and Celtic amongst others, and a coaching / managerial career at Celtic, Morton, St Johnstone and Queens Park.  Billy has also enjoyed senior technical roles with the SFA, and acted as interim Manager of the full national team in 2012.

Billy will now take time to organise his backroom staff, with current Kilby U-20 coach Craig Young initially available to help in the interim, along with the other U-20 coaching staff.

Speaking of his delight in securing Stark as the new EK gaffer, East Kilbride Chairman Mark Horner told ekfc.co.uk, “For us to secure Billy as our new Manager is a real coup for East Kilbride.  Everyone in Scottish football is aware of his pedigree and reputation as one of the best coaches in our game, and we are delighted to welcome him to K-Park.”

And new Kilby gaffer Stark was equally as happy to be taking over the K-Park reigns, telling ekfc.co.uk, “I am delighted to be joining such an ambitious club with a clear vision of where it wants to go.

I would like to thank the board at East Kilbride for the opportunity that I believe offers a great step forward.  I am very excited to start working with the players, and the friendly against Celtic and high quality Bet Fred Cup matches in July offer fantastic preparation for our forthcoming campaign.

 I am inheriting a strong core of players from last season who came very close to SPFL promotion, and it is obvious there has been great work done at the club in the past by previous managers.

The town of East Kilbride deserves a senior side in the SPFL, and I will do everything possible to help make the vision a reality.”

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