CRAIGMARK Burntonians’ new manager says he can’t wait to get started in the Station Park hotseat.

Former Greenock manager Ian Nixon was unveiled as the Dalmellington side’s new boss on Friday.

He takes over from Ryan Caddis, who left earlier this month to take over the reins at First Division Whitletts Vics.

Nixon, who stood down as Greenock boss in May after a year and a half as manager, is also former head of youth development at Largs Thistle.

The new man, who will be assisted by Paul Gordon, was present at Station Park on Saturday to watch Craigmark’s West of Scotland Football League Cup tie at home to Ashfield, and is due to take charge on the training ground this week.

And he’s bound to have been impressed by what he saw from his new side as the Mark pulled off one of the day’s surprise results, beating their First Division visitors 3-2.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s match, Nixon said he was “buzzing” about the new challenge.

He said: “There’s already a top squad of players at the club and Paul and I will work as hard as we can to do the local community and supporters proud.”

“When I met with the Craigmark committee and heard about the plans and ambitions they have to grow, I left excited about the prospect of being the club’s next manager.

“I am genuinely delighted to accept the opportunity, and my team and I are looking forward to meeting the players and the club’s supporters over the next few days.”

Saturday’s win earned Craigmark a second round tie at home to Easterhouse, with the prospect of an Ayrshire derby against Irvine Meadow awaiting if Nixon can steer his side past their Fourth Division opponents next month.

Before then, Nixon’s first match in charge of his new side will be a Second Division clash with St Anthony’s at McKenna Park this Saturday, October 28 (KO 2pm).