If you are a Junior boss, then this time of the year is for reflecting on how your side has fared in the previous 12 months.

But not if you are Tony McInally, whose appointment as Pollok's new manager has him looking forward enthusiastically to where he wants to take the Newlandsfield outfit.

The 46-year-old will have Stewart Ralston as his No.2, as well as goalkeeping coach Brian Whelan by his side, as he strives to make a success of the southside post many now regard as something of a poisoned chalice.

It is difficult to disprove that notion with Macca becoming Pollok's fourth hotseat occupant since the season kicked off five months ago.

"When I first started out in the Juniors, just about everyone aspired to play for Pollok and I want to see those days back at Newlandsfield," was the opening statement of intent from Macca, who has a week yet to serve on his six-month SJFA ban incurred with Shotts.

He will take up the reins from interim gaffer and long-time friend Rab Sneddon after third-bottom Pollok today travel down to face Glenafton - who are five points better off - in a vital Super Premier Division encounter.

He said: "It makes sense for Rab and David Lilley to take charge of the team given they have been preparing the players for the game and are better placed to know the various strengths and weaknesses within the squad.

"I have my own ideas in that respect from having watched Pollok in recent outings, however it would be foolish not to take Rab and David's views into account.

"Anyway, picking up points is the be-all and end-all down at Loch Park, and I don't want to distract the players from doing just that."

Macca, who steered Shotts Bon Accord to Scottish Cup glory in 2012 and was previously in charge at Lanark United and Cumbernauld United, reckons the Newlandsfield posting is the pinnacle of his managerial career.

He said: "To be offered this opportunity to manage Pollok really is a dream come true for me as I have always regarded them as one of the biggest and best Junior clubs in the game.

"And this is me speaking as someone who has previously turned down four approaches to take charge at clubs because I had very strong reservations about ever coming back into the Junior ranks.

"Pollok, though, are a different kettle of fish entirely, and I was both excited and delighted to be offered the job, even though I did ask for time to consider whether it was right for me.

"It's maybe stating the obvious to say the club has experienced leaner times in recent seasons, but myself and the coaching team intend to work with the players and give everything to try and bring back the glory days.

"This will be no overnight fix.We will need time and patience from everyone connected with the club to implement our ideas and playing style, but hopefully the end result will be to see Pollok back on the right footing as one of the feared names in the Juniors."

Macca added: "There are people within the club who regard Arthurlie and Petershill as our biggest rivals but, for me, it is Auchinleck Talbot who can rightfully claim to be the best Junior team in the country ... and I believe that title should be Pollok's."

Meanwhile, today's scheduled Central Second Division game between Port Glasgow and Blantyre Vics has been postponed.

The 4G state-of-the-art Parklea pitch is perfectly playable, however the Inverclyde Council- owned ground cannot be opened because Council workers are on annual leave.

On the transfer front comes news of Auchinleck Talbot defensive mainstay Gavin Collins completing his transfer to ambitious Super First Division front-runners Troon. He is in line to debut in today's Portland Park clash against Maybole.