Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

McAreavey steps into hot seat at Celtic Park

New boss: DC's Paul McAreavey is likely to be player-manager

Donegal Celtic have installed Paul McAreavey as manager following the resignation of former boss Pat McAllister.

The ex-Linfield midfielder was handed the job last night, just over 48 hours after McAllister and a number of senior players quit the club.

McAreavey has now been tasked with starting from scratch and having to sign an entire squad before Saturday's Belfast Telegraph Championship opener away to Ballyclare Comrades, with no players currently registered with the Irish FA.

The Suffolk Road club was left in disarray following McAllister's resignation, with chairman Gerard Rooney understood to have also stepped down from his position.

McAreavey (32) signed for DC last season after a season out of the game and he is now expected to take on the role of player-manager as he attempts to steady the ship at Celtic Park.

McAllister left after he was told there was no money to pay players either wages or expenses this season – something he felt would have a major impact on his ability to challenge for an immediate return to the Premiership after being relegated when they lost a play-off to Warrenpoint Town in May.

Meanwhile, Loughgall have parted ways with manager Colin Malone, just five days before their Belfast Telegraph Championship opener against Knockbreda.

Loughgall finished a disappointing 11th last season, while on Saturday they lost 9-0 to Premiership new boys Ards.

In a statement, Loughgall said: "Following a meeting this morning Loughgall Football Club have announced that Colin Malone has stepped down as first team manager with immediate effect and mutual agreement."

The Lakeview Park club have appointed former Armagh City boss Gary McKinstry as interim manager. McKinstry is likely to be a leading contender for the job, along with former Northern Ireland international Gerard McMahon and former Loughgall midfielder Brian Adair.