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Blues pal joins New boss Feeney

By Steven Beacom

New Newport County manager Warren Feeney has recruited his former assistant at Linfield Andy Todd to help with the League Two club's relegation bid.

Ex-Northern Ireland striker Feeney is determined to be a success at Newport and feels Todd can aid him in that ambition.

Todd, who played for Bolton and Blackburn, was Feeney's number two when the latter was in charge of Linfield. Todd stayed at Windsor when David Healy took over but was always keen to work with Feeney again.

In replacing John Sheridan as Newport boss, 34-year-old Feeney revealed yesterday that he had the chance to go with the former Republic of Ireland midfielder to Oldham.

"I would like to thank John Sheridan for his help during our time together," said Feeney.

"He is a great manager and gave me the opportunity to join him at Oldham and whilst I have learnt a lot from working with him, the opportunity to manage Newport was a simple decision for me."

Newport are 20th in League Two, three points above the relegation zone.

Feeney said: "I believe we have a committed group of players here, that are more than capable of staying clear of the relegation places this season.

"It's a great honour for me to be appointed as manager. I have a house in the area and my plan has always been to settle here with my family. I'm looking forward to the challenges of being a Football League manager."

Feeney's first game as boss is at York today in League Two followed by a Monday FA Cup third round clash at home to Blackburn.

Highly ambitious, Feeney will hope that his first foray into full-time management could one day lead to him becoming boss of Northern Ireland.

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