Arthurlie have announced the shock departure of manager Andy McFadyen less than two weeks before the start of the league season.

The club revealed in a statement on Monday night that McFadyen has stepped down with immediate effect due to work commitments.

Assistant boss Craig Palmer has been appointed as manager in McFadyen's place as the ‘Lie prepare for Premier Division football after winning Conference A last season.

The statement was issued shortly before the club's latest pre-season friendly at home to Beith on Monday night.

A statement said: “We would like to thank Andy for his amazing service to the club which seen us win the WOSFL Conference A title last season. We wish Andy all the best in the future.”

On the park, 'Lie's preparations for the new season continued with three further friendly wins.

Irvine Victoria were beaten 1-0 at Dunterlie last Wednesday, before 'Lie picked up a 5-1 win away to Sauchie Juniors on Saturday.

That was followed by a 2-1 win in Monday's clash with Beith, with goals from Dale Simeon and Aaron Healy earning 'Lie the win in Palmer’s first official game in charge.

Arthurlie host St Mirren on Saturday ahead of the competitive action starting next weekend when Clydebank are the visitors.