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Rodney McAree confirmed as Dungannon Swifts boss

By Stuart McKinley

Rodney McAree has been confirmed as manager of Dungannon Swifts - three years after handing the reins to Darren Murphy.

Murphy resigned from the post after Saturday's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Ballymena United and the club immediately appointed McAree, who has been back on the coaching staff for the last two seasons, as caretaker boss.

He was handed the job on a permanent basis and will lead the team into tonight's Mid-Ulster Cup quarter-final tie at home to Championship 2 side Dollingstown.

McAree, who also played for his hometown team for seven seasons before retiring due to a knee injury, is expected to be appointed before the Swifts face Linfield in the Danske Bank Premiership at Stangmore Park on Saturday.

Murphy, meanwhile, is expected to take up a youth development job with the Irish FA.

The Swifts haven't won in the league since mid-September and they will see tonight's game as a chance to get back on the rails.

Portadown will look upon their Mid-Ulster Cup derby trip to Loughgall as an opportunity to restore confidence after three successive defeats.

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton is expected to field a number of youngsters as his team face Mid-Ulster League opposition in the shape of Tandragee Rovers, while Warrenpoint Town travel to Armagh City.

Meanwhile, Donegal Celtic, who are bottom of Championship 1, have parted company with their manager Nicky Maye.

DC have failed to win in nine league games this season, drawing three times.

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