Irish Premiership: Warren Feeney to manage Ards for rest of season

Warren Feeney
Warren Feeney takes over an Ards side three points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership

Former Linfield boss Warren Feeney will take charge of bottom side Ards until the end of the season.

Former Northern Ireland striker Feeney, 38, was in charge of the Blues for over a year before becoming assistant manager at Newport County in 2015.

Feeney went on to manage the Welsh side but was sacked in 2016.

He comes in after Colin Nixon was sacked as manager minutes after a sixth straight Premiership defeat on Friday night.

"We are delighted that Warren has agreed to take over until the end of the season," said Ards chairman Brian Adams.

"Warren is a man of great experience who will bring a positive attitude to our club."

Ards sit three places below the relegation play-off spot and a further 11 points from safety following the 3-0 home loss to Institute.

Colin Nixon
Former Glentoran captain Colin Nixon had been in charge of Ards since 2016

Feeney's playing career included spells with Bournemouth, Luton Town, Oldham Athletic and Plymouth Argyle while he scored five goals in 46 international appearances.

He also had brief stints as assistant manager at Crawley Town and Notts County following his departure from Newport.

Feeney was appointed Linfield boss in April 2014 and the Blues finished the season as runners-up to Crusaders.

Linfield were two points clear at the top of the Premiership when Feeney made the switch to Newport in October 2015.

Feeney's first game in charge will be a relegation battle with Newry City at home next Saturday.