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COVE chairman Keith Moorhouse doesn't expect Paul Hartley to see out his new five-year contract.

The manager was happy to put pen to paper on a long stay but Moorhouse is sure bigger clubs will come calling for his highly-rated boss.

The former Dundee manager has got his career back on track after an indifferent spell at Falkirk and has led the new boys to League Two title glory in their first season in the SPFL.

Moorhouse knows there will be interest in Hartley, whose old club St Johnstone are looking for a new boss while another former club, Hearts, could also be in the market if Daniel Stendel exits.

Moorhouse said: "I would be amazed if Paul isn't looked at by other clubs. Having worked with him closely over the last 12 months, if he isn't wanted by other clubs I know we will have been very lucky.

"He has a good work ethic, his preparation is brilliant and in Gordon Young and Tam Ritchie he has two people who complement him really well. He connects with his dressing room. We're not tying him up to hold him back but we are signing him up to give Cove Rangers the best chance.

"Should another opportunity come along we can sit down and discuss that but the new contract covers that anyway, both ways."

Hartley remains hungry but so do Cove. They are nowhere near the height of their ambitions.

Moorhouse added: "We have set the target of being in the Championship within five years. We are currently one step away from that but in footballing terms we know it's still a massive step. We have a better idea of what we have to do after last season."

Cove have got all their top players, including Fraser Fyvie, and now their manager tied up on new deals.

Moorhouse added: "We have a five-year plan and we have to give yourselves every chance of delivering that.

"All our players are signed up and it was important we got the manager tied up to give ourselves that stability we've always had at the club."



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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 8, 2020
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