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Former Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin may return after taking break

By Graham Luney

Tommy Breslin may be walking away from Cliftonville but he's not ready to say he's walking away from football.

Breslin is going to take "a sabbatical" after quitting as Reds boss but he admits the football bug in him will not vanish.

"Football has been a massive part of my life and that gene within you doesn't simply disappear - that doesn't happen," said Breslin.

"At this point I want a break and I'm not thinking about it but I suppose it's a case of never say never and maybe another opportunity will come along one day and I will once again find the ambition and desire to get going again.

"I certainly won't be going along to matches and give the impression I am after someone's job but when I reflect on things I know I've had the best job. It's been a huge privilege to work with the players, fans and board members at Cliftonville," he added.

Breslin, who brought the curtain down on his trophy-laden spell at the Reds on Tuesday, has been "overwhelmed" by the reaction to his surprise call.

Tommy Breslin took Cliftonville to a new level

"It's been so overwhelming, uncanny really," he said.

"But it's typical of the football family. I'm not on Twitter or Facebook but people have told me about the comments and I would like to say thank you to everyone.

"I could not devote the time or energy to the job I wanted to, so this is the right decision but I wish the players and everyone at the club all the best for this season," said Breslin (below).

Former Manchester United and Chelsea defender Mal Donaghy, who was assistant manager at the Reds during Laurence Stitt's spell as boss 15 years ago, has been brought in to assist interim boss Gerard Lyttle who said: "We've no reason for any doom and gloom, apart from obviously being sad at Tommy and Minto (Peter Murray) leaving.

"They've been fantastic for Cliftonville but there's no reason to believe we can't keep enjoying further success.

"I wasn't expecting this opportunity but, believe me, nobody will work harder than I will to make a success of the chance I've been given."

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