May 3 2012 EXCLUSIVE By Andrew Burns
ALLAN ‘Magic’ Johnston is the new Queen of the South manager.
The 38-year-old replaces Gus MacPherson and has vowed to bring "attacking football" back to Palmerston.
The former Hearts and Sunderland star will take charge of the Doonhamers for the first time this weekend against Ross County.
Former manager MacPherson and assistant Andy Millen parted company with the club on Monday following the team’s relegation to the second division at the weekend.
Johnston told the Standard: "I am delighted to be confirmed as the manager of Queen of the South and I am very excited to get started.
"I can’t wait to stamp my own mark on the team and bring some attacking and exciting football back to Palmerston.
"There has been a bit of doom and gloom about the club recently and I want to bring the positivity back."
Chairman-elect Billy Hewitson said: "We are delighted with the appointment and will give Allan every support to ensure he and the club meet our target of bouncing straight back up to the first division."
See tomorrow's Standard for a full and exclusive interview with the new Queen of the South manager.