Rodney McAree admits leaving Dungannon Swifts was ‘tough decision’

TOUGH DECISION: Rodney McAree
TOUGH DECISION: Rodney McAree

RODNEY McAree has admitted his decision to step down as joint boss of Dungannon Swifts was one he “had to make”.

McAree has cited personal reasons behind his sudden departure from the Stangmore Park post.

The 38-year-old notified players and staff on Tuesday night – fellow joint coach Darren Murphy is expected to take sole charge of team affairs for the rest of the season.

“It was a very difficult decision for me to make because the club is so close to my heart, but it was one I had to make,” said McAree.

“I have other commitments and I also want to spend more time with my wife Adele. That was one of the main reasons.

“Even in the Irish League, football management is a full time occupation and the demands are constant.

“I felt my quality of life was suffering and to be honest I hadn’t been enjoying it as much as I should have.

“People will maybe think there is more to it. They will put two and two together and get five. My decision to resign was for personal reasons. It’s as simple as that.”