Paddy McLaughlin has been appointed as Cliftonville manager (c) Presseye

McLAUGHLIN MAKES SOLITUDE SWITCH

Cliftonville have announced the appointment of Paddy McLaughlin as their new first team manager.

The announcement comes as McLaughlin resigned from his similar post at Institute this morning.

Formerly a defender with Finn Harps, Derry City and Coleraine, he brings assistant Brian Donaghy and goalkeeping coach Conleth McCrudden to Solitude as his backroom team.

Appointed in May 2017, McLaughlin guided Institute to promotion through adversity as champions of the Bluefin Sport Championship in his first season in charge, despite the club being homeless for virtually the entire season due to the flooding of their Drumahoe ground.

The fine form continued into the current season, as he leaves Institute in a healthy seventh place position currently in the Europa League playoff places.

Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor told the club’s official website; “I’m very pleased to welcome Paddy McLaughlin to Cliftonville and look forward to the team and Club realising their potential under his guidance.

“Paddy has won a string of admirers across the Irish League not only for the superb job he has done at Institute, but also the strong leadership qualities he displayed during both his playing career and since moving into coaching and management.”

McLaughlin replaces Barry Gray, who left his post at Solitude last month after defeat to Dungannon Swifts, and will take charge of his first game against Newry City

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