IRISH LEAGUE: Rodney McAree appointed new Dungannon Swifts manager following Darren Murphy exit

Rodney McAree
Rodney McAree

Rodney McAree is confident Dungannon Swifts can start climbing away from the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership table.

McAree was confirmed as the Stangmore Park club’s new manager on Tuesday morning.

The former midfielder takes over from Darren Murphy who announced his resignation following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Ballymena United.

Dungannon are second from bottom in the Premiership after five successive defeats.

“I am privileged to have been given the opportunity by the Chairman and Committee and I look forward to getting started,” said McAree, whose side was in Mid Ulster Cup action last night.

“Looking at our league form we need to target picking up points. I believe the squad of players are capable of getting the results that we need to put us in a better position.”

He added: “I look forward to getting started with a group of players who I have a lot of time and respect for.”

Club Chairman Keith Boyd has added: “I am delighted that Rodney has accepted the position of head coach. He brings a wealth of experience and shows great passion for Dungannon Swifts.

“His loyalty to Dungannon over the years has been second to none. We wish him all the best in his new role at our club. We as a committee support Rodney in every way possible as he moves to take the Club forward.”

McAree’s first Premiership game will be on Saturday against Linfield at Stangmore Park.