05 Jun 2023
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Warren Feeney is the new manager of Glentoran, the club have announced.

The 42-year-old former Northern Ireland international arrives at the BetMcLean Oval after the departure of outgoing boss Rodney McAree at the weekend.

Feeney most recently managed National League South side Welling United, but began his managerial career back in 2014 when he replaced David Jeffrey as Linfield manager. A move to Newport County followed in 2015, ahead of spells at Crawley Town and Notts County.

He returned to Northern Ireland in 2019 in charge of Ards, but departed later that year for Bulgarian side OFC Pirin Blagoevgrad whom he led to a league title and subsequent promotion to the top tier.

Glentoran Director of Football Paul Millar said of the appointment: "With the suddenness and unexpected nature of Rodney McAree’s resignation at the weekend, the Glentoran Board immediately began looking for a suitable replacement to manage the first team.

"It is important for the progression of the club that the key criteria are met to help take the club in an increasingly professional, full time and successful direction. Those criteria specifically demand experience of working and managing in a genuinely full-time environment and in Europe.

"When the Board considered its options and the need to act decisively ahead of pre-season and our European games in less than a month, it was agreed that Warren Feeney’s ability and experience meet our key criteria due to his extensive experience as player and full time manager/coach."