IRISH LEAGUE: Gerard Lyttle delighted to be appointed permanent boss at Cliftonville

New Cliftonville boss Gerard Lyttle
New Cliftonville boss Gerard Lyttle

Cliftonville have appointed Gerard Lyttle as their new manager.

Lyttle replaces Tommy Breslin who resigned from the role in September.

The 37-year-old – who was Breslin’s assistant at Solitude – guided the Reds to six games unbeaten during his time as caretaker boss.

Mal Donaghy will remain as assistant manager, with former Donegal Celtic and Carrick Rangers boss Stephen Small operating as a scout and opposition analyst.

Ricky McCann has been appointed Head of Sports Science.

“It goes without saying that I’m very pleased to take on this job,” Lyttle said.

“I’ve never shied away from the fact that I would love to be Cliftonville manager and, much as I enjoyed my interim role, it makes me very proud to think that’s now the case.

“Over the last month, I have been working as though the job was mine. Things have gone well so far and, while very little will change in terms of how we approach fixtures, I’m looking forward to putting foundations in place where strategy, style of play and training are concerned.”

Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor added: “Gerard has been excellent over these last few weeks and ticks every box of what we’re looking for as a manager.

“He is a very proud Reds fan but, more importantly, a talented and self-motivated coach in whom everyone at the Club has full faith.”