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Raging Eric quits in transfer bust-up; JUNIORS.

FURIOUS boss Eric Sinclair walked out on Linlithgow after Saturday's Heineken Cup quarter- final exit at the hands of Whitburn.

Sinclair quit following a furious bust-up with club officials over a proposed transfer.

He said: "I was told before the game I wasn't allowed to sign a certain player because the committee didn't want him at the club. They were trying to tell me my how to do my job and I simply could not accept that.

"I'm extremely disappointed to leave the club after almost five years in charge but I had no other option.

"I've left Linlithgow in a strong position at the top of the league and I also won no fewer than six trophies during my time in charge."

Mark Whyte put Rose in front but goals by Jimmy Ray and Kenny Hannah gave Whitburn victory.

In the other quarter-finals, Bo'ness drew 1-1 with Stoneyburn while Newtongrange and Kelty finished goalless.

Ronnie Lowrie took charge of Pollok for the first time but couldn't stop his side hitting rock bottom after a 3-2 defeat at Glencairn.

Ex-Pollok keeper Graham Smith produced a string of top-class saves to deny his old club and Lowrie, whose side have only seven league games left in which to beat the drop, admitted the kid gloves broke his heart.

He said: "I congratulated Graeme for his performance after the game but I also told him he'd probably just got us relegated.

"I was sad to see him leave earlier in the season but I didn't think he'd come back to haunt me like this."

On Tayside, Lochee United came out on top 2-1 in their relegation battle with St Joseph's.
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Date:Mar 29, 1999
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