Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Cunningham takes positive at Dungannon Swifts

New Dungannon Swifts manager John Cunningham last night vowed to sweep away the negativity hanging over Stangmore Park.

Cunningham met Dungannon's players for the first time at training yesterday evening following his shock appointment on Monday night.

His first game in charge will be at Crusaders this weekend and it is believed veteran duo Rodney McAree and James Slater will be involved in the new managerial set-up.

Former Limavady United boss Cunningham said he was looking forward to his new challenge.

“It’s about creating a winning and professional mentality,” he said.

“I want players who are willing to come on a journey with me. Sometimes it’s easy for players to get set in their ways but I don’t believe in that.”

“I wasn’t planning to come back into Irish League football but then this opportunity came up and it seemed like the right thing to do.

“Anything you do is an opportunity and, while I am quite confident in my own ability, this is not just about John Cunningham. It’s about the players and working together and the one thing I will not tolerate is negativity.”

“A positive thing about Dungannon is how quickly they move young players into their first team. I would rather take players from an U16 league and put them straight into the reserve or first team which I have done at every Irish League club I’ve worked at.”