Hugh Wade stands down as Coleraine chairman

Hugh Wade has stood down as chairman of Coleraine
Hugh Wade has stood down as chairman of Coleraine

Hugh Wade has stood down as chairman of Coleraine to focus on his work at the Irish Football Association.

Wade is the current Irish Premiership chairman and also Coleraine's representative at the association.

Wade will be vice-chairman at Coleraine while existing board member Colin McKendry becomes the new chairman.

Meanwhile, Coleraine have announced they will host Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock in a pre-season friendly on 9 July.

The match is likely to be the first friendly of the summer and comes a week before Coleraine travel to Scotland to participate in the Stena Cup in Stranraer.

Kilmarnock are currently managed by former Coleraine boss Kenny Shiels who is father-in-law of current Bannsiders manager Oran Kearney.

Shiels joined the club as assistant manager last summer, but was placed in charge after Mixu Paatelainen left to take charge of the Finland national side and is thought to be a candidate to take the job on a permanent basis.

The visit of the SPL side should rekindle memories of Coleraine's greatest night in European competition, when Bertie Peacock's side eliminated Kilmarnock from the 1970/71 Fairs Cup.

Coleraine drew the first leg 1-1 at home, but were 2-0 down after 22 minutes in the away leg, only for a second half hat-trick from Des Dickson to turn the tie on its head.