CRAIG MORRISON believes that he and his coaching team have met their objectives after stepping down at Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts.

Following the side's final game of the East of Scotland League, Premier Division season at Musselburgh Athletic on Saturday, the club announced that he, along with Iain Mauchlen and Stuart Innes, would be moving on.

Former Dundonald Bluebell gaffer Morrison was brought in, on what was described as a short-term basis, following the departure of previous boss, Pat Scullion, in November and has led the Swifts to safety in the league.

They finished 11th in the 16-team division, seven points clear of the drop zone, with wins over bottom side, Vale of Leithen, and relegation rivals, Hill of Beath Hawthorn and Blackburn United, towards the end of the campaign proving pivotal.

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Speaking to Press Sport, Morrison revealed that the Swifts committee had wanted he and his team to remain in post, but said that commitments elsewhere meant that he couldn't devote himself to the job on a permanent basis.

"The committee wanted us to stay on," he said.

"But, the demands of everything else, like family – my boys play football, and I coach there – were too much to take it on a full-time basis.

"The committee were really disappointed, but they fully understood the position we're in. I'll still be in and around the club, so I will help where I can.

"The progress is there for everybody to see. If the circumstances had been different, I'd have loved to have continued that, as I think we could take the club forward.

"The bottom line is we've met our objective, which was to develop the boys, give a clear identity of the way the Swifts play, and to stay in the league. I believe we've met all of those."

Morrison continued: "We wanted to implement a style of play and an identity that says who the Swifts are. I think we did that.

"We've built a really strong relationship with the boys. They were really disappointed, but understood and got our reasoning. I've thoroughly enjoyed it.

"We've had some cracking results along the way, and also there's been some learning opportunities. I'm really proud of them."

Meanwhile, Swifts duo, Ynyr Liddell and Lewis Hynd, have left the club to join former boss Scullion at Lowland League East Stirlingshire.