Alloa: Jim Goodwin considering ending his playing days to concentrate on management

Alloa's Jim Goodwin (right)
Alloa's Jim Goodwin (right) played 70 minutes of Alloa's 2-0 loss to Queen of the South

Jim Goodwin admitted he is considering hanging up his boots after Alloa Athletic lost 2-0 to Queen of the South in their Challenge Cup quarter-final.

Goodwin says that if remaining as player-manager is having a detrimental effect then he will stay in the dugout.

"I'm not saying I'm not going to play from here on in, but at the same time I need to balance it appropriately so that I can give my all as manager.

"That's the most important thing to me now," Goodwin told BBC Scotland.

Stephen Dobbie's double killed off the lively League One visitors' hopes of causing a shock against Championship side Queen of the South.

Goodwin, 34, played 70 minutes of the match before substituting himself for Graeme Holmes.

"It can be difficult," said the Irishman, who has had spells at Celtic, St Mirren and Hamilton Academical.

"When you're winning, it's easy because everything just ticks along nicely, but in a game when you need to make changes, it can be difficult to see the kind of changes you should be making.

"So that is something that I have been thinking about the last few weeks.

"Today, it kind of brings it home to me it is difficult to do both.

"If me playing is going to have a detrimental effect on the team then I'll be the first one to take myself out of the starting XI and concentrate solely on the managing of the players."

Goodwin signed for Alloa in June and was appointed player-manager last month after Jack Ross left to take charge of St Mirren.

"One thing's for sure, you analyse things a lot more as a manager and you take defeats a lot harder as well," he said.

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