Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Linfield ace Kearney now chasing trophies as manager

New Limavady United manager Oran Kearney is looking forward to the challenge of management despite having to retire from playing so young.

Kearney has been forced to end his glittering career at the age of 30 through injury but he is now happy to bark orders from the sidelines.

"It has been very up and down for me over this last while as I wasn't sure about what was going to happen," said Kearney (pictured).

"I'm not going to lie because I know that nothing will ever beat playing football and I was a bit devastated that I couldn't anymore.

"I am very fortunate and lucky that this opportunity has come along when it did because I think the next few months would have been hard if it didn't.

"Make no mistake, however, I will be going full throttle to make sure that my first managerial post will be a success.

"I'm over the moon that Limavady United have given me this opportunity so soon after finishing my playing career.

"I knew many years ago that I wanted to get into management and have had all my coaching badges for the last ten years.

"I expected it to come a little bit later when I was about 36 but now that it has come when I'm only 30 I'm really looking forward to it."

The Ballymoney native feels that his job is to make the Roesiders and the Showgrounds a formidable team and place to play.

"Being from Ballymoney myself I remember Limavady playing my home town club in the old 'B' Division," he added. "The club has a proud tradition in the North West and that's something that I would like to ensure continues. There have been some very good teams at the Showgrounds over the years and Tommy Wright had good success here.

"When I was a player it was always a hard place to come and get a result. We never looked forward to coming here and perhaps Limavady United have lost that aura about the place."

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