IT'S unlikely Beechwood Park will have ever had a day quite like Monday.

The ink had barely dried on manager Iain Diack's resignation letter when the club received confirmation of their place in next season's East of Scotland Superleague to end their time in limbo.

It means they will join the likes of Hill of Beath Hawthorn and Newtongrange Star in the 16-team league when the season kicks off at the end of July.

Noel Dalli, club chairman, was delighted to finally see an end to the long running saga.

He told Advertiser Sport: "The last 24 hours has taken a wee while to sink in.

"The quality of the league is going to be extremely tough and we will basically be playing a cup final every week.

"We're just glad to finally know what is happening."

But, they will begin their preparations without Diack who stood down from his post on Monday, just hours before the news broke.

Diack took over from club legend Fraser Duncan last summer and oversaw a squad rebuild ahead of their first season in senior football.

Alongside assistant Adrian Hanson - who himself stood down midway through the season - Diack brought in a host of young players who hit the ground running and seemed destined to secure a top-five finish.

But, injuries ravaged the squad during the winter and the club didn't win a match between December and February as their promotion push faltered.

They eventually secured their place in the new Superleague after finishing as the best sixth placed team in the East of Scotland Conferences.

Diack and Dalli met for talks on Monday and came to an agreement to part ways - but it's understood Diack felt he wasn't receiving the full support of the club.

Diack told Advertiser Sport: "I've got a lot of commitments outside of football with my kids and my wife, who I barely get to see, and with working nightshift.

"I think it has been a successful season and for us to get promoted with the squad and the injuries we had. I feel I've left them in a good place.

"I'll miss working with the boys and the people at the club. It's always leaving people that hurts you the most.

"I am grateful for the opportunity I was given by the club."

Dalli added: "We would like to wish Iain all the best and thank him for his efforts at the club."

Darren Cummings and Darren Petrie will take temporary control of the team as Sauchie begin their hunt for a new manager.