Stephen McDonnell (©INPHO/Brian Little)

WARRENPOINT PART WAYS WITH McDONNELL

Warrenpoint Town have parted ways with manager Stephen McDonnell following a disappointing start to the season.

Announcing the decision on Wednesday evening, 24 hours after a seven-goal defeat to Linfield, the club stated via director Connaire McGreevy:

"It has been a disappointing start to this years campaign. However, I want to place my thanks to Stevie for his time here at Warrenpoint.

"During that time we had a successful Premiership season last year and an Irish Cup semi-final.

"I hold Stevie as a friend inside and outside of football and know he has a long future ahead of him.

"However, at this time the board of Warrenpoint feel that we need to make a change to get us back competing in the league. We will make an interim appointment shortly and at the same time we are opening up the position to applicants."

McDonnell was originally appointed to the post in an interim capacity in February 2018, as a 26-year-old, following Matthew Tipton's departure to Portadown before being offered a three-year contract in April the same year.

After a poor start to the 2018/19 season McDonnell eventually guided 'Point to a tenth place finish, top flight safety and an Irish Cup semi-final but the current campaign has produced 11 defeats from the opening 12 Danske Bank Premiership games.

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