Sean Connor (c) Inpho


Sean Connor has been appointed as the new manager of Danske Bank Premiership club Institute.

The 52-year-old takes charge of the North West club, who have been without a permanent boss since the departure of John Quigg on the eve of the season.

Paul McLaughlin and Sean Friars had led the club on an interim basis through the first seven league games of the season. Picking up only one point for their efforts to date.

Connor brings experience to the role having managed in the League of Ireland with Sligo Rovers, Bohemains, Dundalk and Galway United. More recently the Belfast born boss has coached in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

In a statement on the Institute FC social media, the clubs stated; “The board see this as a start of a new era in the continuing development of the club, and our objective to make Institute Football Club a permanent fixture in the Danske Bank Premiership. We hope that the fans and players will welcome Sean to the club and get behind him wholeheartedly moving forward.”

Connor also stated on the club’s Facebook, "I am delighted with the opportunity to progress the club on the field as it seems to be progressing off. Having spent the last number of years in the academic field, my desire, ambition and determination to get back at the cold face of management has been totally reinvigorated".

Institute travel to Cliftonville next Saturday at Solitude in the Danske Bank Premiership in his first match in charge at the club.

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