Kilmore Rec’s outgoing manager Mark Holland believes the club have the perfect replacement at the helm in Paul Mullan.
The turnaround has been a smooth transition with the former Irish League midfielder stepping down due to ‘personal reasons,’ while the man who was in joint charge of the club back in their Steel & Sons Cup winning season of 2009/10 was instilled days later last week.
Holland admits he thought about leaving the club altogether, but after due consideration, he has vowed to play under the returning Mullan until the end of the season at least.
“I have given it a lot of thought, and I have come to the conclusion that I am too young to hang up my boots,” he said.
“It is definitely the right decision, and Paul is definitely the right man for the job. He was the first person I thought about when it came to taking over as manager, he is Kilmore through and through.”
The very same description could be attributed to John Dagen, the club’s vice-chairman, who sadly lost his life during last week.
A loyal servant of the club, both as a player and later in his role as a committee man, John’s absence will be felt throughout the club as they work towards establishing themselves as one of the leading Amateur League clubs in Northern Ireland.
That process is ongoing, with much work needed to push Kilmore up the Premier Division table, but with plenty of games in hand, anything is possible.
Mathematically speaking at least, they remain in the title frame, although they would need to win all seven of their games in hand over leaders Drumaness Mills just to put themselves a point off the summit.
Holland feels that would simply be asking too much of his new manager and team-mates.
“I’m not the manager any more, so it’s not for me to say,” he remarked. “It may be asking a bit too much, but if we can get a few wins on the trot, we’ll be up the table in no time.”
With 17 league games still to play in the space of the next two and a half months, Kilmore’s new manager will have the perfect opportunity to assess the challenge ahead over the next few months.