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Oran Kearney handed vote of confidence by Coleraine board

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney

  • by Gareth Fullerton
 

Under-fire Coleraine boss Oran Kearney has been handed a vote of confidence by club chairman Colin McKendry.

The Bannsiders are languishing 10th in the Danske Bank Premiership following a poor start to the season.

The Showgrounds club have lost their last four league fixtures, including last week’s 2-1 defeat to Warrenpoint Town.

Speculation continues to mount over Kearney’s future, but Coleraine chief McKendry insists the club is “110 per cent” behind their manager.

“We acknowledge that results haven’t been all we had hoped for recently, but we are backing Oran to get the team on track again,” McKendry told the club’s official website.

“We as a Board constantly strive to ensure the club is developing in a sustainable and progressive fashion. Stability is the keyword in all of this and we are unanimous in backing Oran to continue the work he has started to a successful conclusion.

“To be honest, we expected a dip at some point as Oran has set extremely high standards over recent years and maybe expectations were raised too high as a result.

“We recognise there have been some factors outside of Oran’s control particularly having to build a squad with a significantly reduced budget and injuries to key players, but to be fair to Oran he has not once complained.

“Rather he has got on with his job with the utmost professionalism.”

Kearney’s next assignment is the small matter of Saturday’s showdown with his former club Linfield.

Both clubs will be looking for maximum points after suffering defeats last weekend – the Blues losing 3-0 to champions Cliftonville.

McKendry hopes Coleraine can bounce back when they take on the Belfast giants.

He added: “When the players pull on a blue and white jersey they have a responsibility to the club and they need to stand up and be counted when they go onto the pitch.”

 

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