Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

McGreevy up for Donegal Celtic fight

Former Ards manager Declan McGreevy has upset the odds to land the manager's job with Danske Bank Premiership strugglers Donegal Celtic.

The former Ards defender, a west-Belfast native, pipped favourite Pat McAllister and Loughgall boss Colin Malone following a second run of interviews this week — and will take official charge of the wee Hoops in today's proverbial six-pointer against fellow strugglers Lisburn Distillery.

McGreevy, 38, said he has “short-term and long-term” plans for the club. He added: “I am as proud as punch to have secured the management post at Donegal Celtic and I will get to work immediately on dragging what is a superb squad up the Premiership table. We are in a false position with great talent on the pitch and now is the time to make it work.

“My short-term plan is survival in the Premiership. My long-term plan is to see our underage players embraced in a development plan that everyone benefits from. We have too much talent in the locality that is not being tapped in to by Donegal Celtic, and I aim to change that.”

McGreevy, whose management team will consist of Derry City legend Jimmy McGeough as his advisor, coaches Alan Young (ex-Bohemians) and John O'Kane, and one other yet to be named, said he also plans to seek greater community support.

He added: “People of west-Belfast live and breathe all things Celtic, the green and white hoops, the tradition, the history.

“I want to know reasons why a Celtic team in the area does not have people heaving through the turnstiles.

“I will be hell-bent on finding solutions.”

McGreevy makes the step up from Donegal Celtic reserves.

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