Rodney McAree appointed as Dungannon Swifts manager

Rodney McAree has been appointed as the new manager of Dungannon Swifts.

McAree replaces former boss Dixie Robinson, who stepped down from the position on Tuesday after two years in charge of the Stangmore Park club.

The Swifts lie ninth in the Premiership table, just two points above bottom club Carrick Rangers.

McAree was a member of Robinson's coaching staff and formerly played for the club. He has yet to finalise his backroom team.

It is believed Darren Murphy will be part of McAree's backroom team.

Robinson's final game in charge was the 3-2 away defeat to Coleraine in the league on Saturday.

Robinson was named caretaker boss in March 2009 following the sacking of John Cunningham and was given the job on a permanent basis two months later.

The announcement of Robinson's departure was made aftere he met with Swifts chairman Joe McAree and vice-chairman Jarlath Faloon on Tuesday morning.

"The management committee would like to highlight this was entirely his own decision and the club would like to take the opportunity to thank Dixie for all the work he has put into the club during very difficult financial times," said the club.

"We know this has not been an easy decision for Dixie being a Swifts man at heart and we will look forward to continue seeing him at Stangmore Park and wish him all the best in the future."