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Harding appointed Carrick manager

By Stuart McKinley

Carrick Rangers have appointed former Portadown assistant manager Kieran Harding as their new boss.

After being Ronnie McFall's number two at Shamrock Park for well over a decade, before they both stepped down in March, the Taylors Avenue job will be Harding's first lead role in the top flight of Northern Ireland football.

Carrick have moved swiftly to replace former boss Gary Haveron, who stepped down earlier this week after stating that "the board and the management team, were unable to establish a mutual agreement on the best way forward for the club".

The east Antrim outfit's Premiership status remains under threat, however, with Warrenpoint Town now seeking an arbitration hearing after the Irish FA's appeals committee knocked back their challenge to the Haveron suspension case.

Haveron mistakenly served a touchline ban in the wrong match and had the IFA's disciplinary committee imposed the ruling that states a club be fined £350 and forfeit the match 3-0 then Carrick would have been relegated from the Danske Bank Premiership and Point saved.

Both Warrenpoint and Ballinamallard United lodged appeals against the disciplinary committee's decision not to impose a sanction, but those have been rejected by the chairman of the appeals board.

Warrenpoint are now expected to approach Sport Resolutions UK to ask them to make a ruling on the case.

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