Irish Premiership: Rodney McAree unveiled as new Coleraine manager

Rodney McAree
Rodney McAree guided Dungannon Swifts to League Cup success in February

Dungannon Swifts boss Rodney McAree has been unveiled as Oran Kearney's successor as Coleraine manager.

The appointment on a two and a half year contract in a full time capacity was confirmed by the club on Friday.

Kearney left the Bannsiders to become manager of Scottish Premiership side St Mirren last week.

McAree, 44, took over as Swifts boss in October 2015 and led the club to their first senior trophy when they won the League Cup last season.

The former Fulham midfielder played for what is his home town club and worked as a coach under Darren Murphy at Stangmore Park before becoming manager.

Dungannon have struggled so far this season, sitting second bottom of the Premiership table and without a win after five games.

In contrast, Coleraine are second in the standings, boasting an unbeaten record and three points off the top with a game in hand.

Last season's Irish Cup winners are away to Ards in the Irish Premiership on Saturday, while the Swifts travel to Windsor Park to take on Linfield.

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'Similarities with Kearney'

"I'm excited to be working with a new set of players, a very talented set of players who are used to winning football games. Hopefully we can continue that, starting against Ards on Saturday," said McAree.

"The similarities between myself and Oran have been well documented - we are very similar in our approach as to how we prepare for games - it's a terrific challenge and I can't wait to get started.

"My job and the staff's job is to make sure things continue in the same direction.

"Winning the League Cup gave me a hunger for more success and I want to challenge for more trophies. This move gives me a greater opportunity to achieve success and I'll be hungry to win every competition we are in."

McAree will retain the services of Kearney's backroom team of William Murphy, Trevor McKendry and Paul Owens, who will take charge of the team for the trip to the Bangor Fuels Arena.

"I will let them continue the good work they have been doing all week and it will give me an opportunity to introduce myself to the staff and squad properly," he added.

"I look forward to working with and learning from them."

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