Jim McInally has resigned as boss of Peterhead after managing the League One side for over a decade.

The 58-year-old joined the Blue Toon in 2011 and enjoyed a successful spell at the club, with highlights including winning the Ligue 2 title twice and reaching the Challenge Cup final during the 2015/16 season.

He leaves the team one point from the end of Ligue 1 and with just one win in 20 matches this season.

The former Dundee United midfielder had previously spoken of the ‘nightmare’ situation the club found themselves in when it came to recruitment, as he claimed Lowland League clubs were able to offer part-time players more money in terms of salaries.

club president Roger Morrison reacted at the start by saying: “Jim has been a hugely successful manager over the last decade, winning two league titles, reaching a memorable cup final against Rangers and picking up many Premier League scalps along the way.

“Besides his success on the pitch, I know Jim as a faithful and principled friend of this club who has made many personal and financial sacrifices for the good of the PFC, particularly during the pandemic.

“There have been concessions made by Jim during this period to help ensure financial stability, and these have not been made as a football manager but as someone who cares deeply for the Peterhead Football Club and my gratitude for this runs deep.

“These are big shoes to fill, but we will endeavor to find the right person for the job and as such the due diligence process for the appointment of a new director will now begin.”

Assistant David Nicholls will take charge of the squad for the game against league leaders Dunfermline this weekend.

Arbroath manager Dick Campbell is now Scotland’s longest-serving manager, having been in the job for six-and-a-half years.

In terms of British football as a whole, Cymru Premier Club Bala Town’s Colin Caton has the longest current reign in the senior leagues, in charge since 2003.