08 May 2023
© Brendan Monaghan Photography/Newry City AFC Gary Boyle is congratulated by club chairman Martin McLoughlin

Gary Boyle is the new first team manager of Newry City, the club has announced.

The 35-year-old takes over at The Showgrounds following the departure of the long-serving Darren Mullen at the end of the season.

Boyle steps up to the position following a six-year stint as assistant to Mullen.

In a statement on the official club website, club chairman Martin McLoughlin said:

"Gary has been Darren’s assistant for a number of years and his football qualities as well as his dedication and professionalism have been evident throughout meaning it was both an easy and unanimous decision for the club’s management committee to offer him the managers post.

"The choice of Gary not only ensures that we have the level of stability which appointment from within brings but will also allow Gary to quickly work on securing new contracts with many of the current squad. Gary is also best placed to work on those areas where our squad is weak and requires strengthening and as a management committee we will give Gary and his backroom team every possible support.”

Boyle commented: "It’s an honour and a privilege to be given the opportunity to manage this fantastic club.

"I am excited to build on the unbelievable work Darren has done and lead the team with the backing of our wonderful supporters!

"Although the 22/23 season has only just finished there’s lots of work to be done between now and August to ensure we are best prepared to hit the new season running and I can assure everyone at the club that will be my immediate focus."