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My Carrick tenure was a success, says Haveron after quitting

By Stuart McKinley

Gary Haveron has described his departure from Carrick Rangers as ‘a shame’ after stepping down as manager.

The former Taylors Avenue boss, however, claims that his time in charge of Carrick was a success after pulling off a dramatic last-day escape from relegation.

And while the controversy which followed quickly dampened the euphoria and left him drained, Haveron is adamant that it wasn’t a major factor in his decision to quit.

Just days after the end of the season, Warrenpoint Town raised the issue of Haveron serving a suspension in the wrong match and while the Irish FA’s Disciplinary Committee decided not to impose a sanction, which saved Carrick from relegation, Haveron has still decided to go.

A club statement said: “Following discussions between the Board and the management team, we were unable to establish a mutual agreement on the best way forward for the club.”

Now, after winning the Championship, Intermediate Cup and Steel & Sons Cup in 2014-15 under Haveron and being successful in the fight against relegation in the season just finished, the club are looking for a new boss.

“I had a positive experience on the whole and loved every minute of it,” said Haveron.

“We worked hard, myself and a lot of other people, to overcome a lot of issues, both with the pitch and off the pitch too.

“I want my time to be judged by what we did on the pitch and we achieved success in the two and a half years that I was there.

“On the field of play we finished 10th in the Premiership, with more points than two other teams and that kept us up.

“I can’t be negative about things because that is real success and finishing 10th in the Premiership to me was bigger than winning the treble the year before.

“It’s a shame that things have come to an end as they have, but I feel really proud of what myself and my assistant Stephen Mills have done.

“There were a lot of difficult issues that needed to be addressed and after the joy of staying up on the last day of the season, what came after that made it a turbulent end to the season and it was an exhausting experience for everyone.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the players who got us into the Premiership and who kept us there, because by and large, bar three or four players, it’s the same squad.

“It’s also special for me to have achieved the success with my best friend alongside me. Stephen Mills and I met on our first day at primary school when we sat beside each other and we’ve been together ever since.”

It is understood that approaches have already been made for several members of Carrick’s first-team squad.

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