04 Jun 2023
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Rodney McAree has announced his resignation as manager of Premiership club Glentoran.

The 48-year-old steps down from the position after taking over the reins at the BetMcLean Oval in January to replace the outgoing Mick McDermott, securing European football for the club this summer following success in the play-offs.

McAree explained his reasons for stepping down in a statement on the official club website:

"I have loved every moment of my time at Glentoran, first as coach then as manager, but family circumstances dictate that unfortunately I need to spend more time each day nearer home in Dungannon.

"My dad, Joe, has been unwell recently and has needed to take a step back from his long-term role as head of Dungannon United Youth. He has built something very special there over the decades and I want to continue that on for him.

"This has been in my head for the past couple of months and while I know the timing is poor and it’s been a very difficult decision, I feel it’s something I’ve had to do to protect the family legacy and support my father."

Club chairman Ian Kerr paid tribute to McAree, "Rodney leaves the club on a high after our European qualification and we at Glentoran are very sorry to see him go but we understand that family will always come first in these situations and Rodney has put his family’s needs to the fore in making this decision.

"Everyone at the club thanks Rodney for his contribution over the past two seasons and we wish him all the very best for his future career in football in Dungannon.”