Oran Kearney insists he won’t shirk any challenge at Coleraine

Oran Kearney
Oran Kearney

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney insists he won’t shirk the challenges thrown down to him by the club’s ambitious board.

It was confirmed on Friday that Kearney has been handed a new one-year contract at the Showgrounds.

Coleraine announced the deal in a robust statement on the club’s official website yesterday, outlining clear objectives for the year ahead.

“After a disappointing season for both the fans and club as a whole, the Coleraine FC board has taken time to reflect on the position of manager Oran Kearney,” it read.

“Following careful consideration the board has offered a new one-year contract to the manager, in which a number of clear and absolute objectives have been specified.

“Oran has agreed to the terms of the contract offer and will thus continue in the position of Coleraine FC manager.”

It added: “The board of Coleraine FC wish to state that the targets presented to Oran clearly reinforce the board’s desire to ensure progression is attained at first team level.”

Kearney - who has named former Linfield and Glenavon defender William Murphy as his assistant - insists he is relishing the challenge ahead.

“That’s what it is all about - you need challenges and demands,” he said.

“Every season is a challenge in the Premiership. I will be going out to try and succeed, as I do every year.

“I am ready to meet this head-on. I certainly won’t shirk anything thrown at me. I met every test I had as a player, and it is the same when it comes to managing.”

Kearney has hailed the capture of Irish League legend Murphy as his new number two.

The 41-year-old - affectionately known as Winkie - retired from playing at the end of last season.

“I had been talking to Winkie for the past month or so, and I am delighted to have him on board,” Kearney added.

“He has a wealth of experience and he will be a massive character in the changing room. We have a lot of young players, and Winkie is the perfect role model to have about the club.”