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Enjoyment gone, admits McAree after leaving Dungannon Swifts

By Adrian Rutherford

Rodney McAree has said he walked away from Dungannon Swifts because he was no longer getting any satisfaction from the job.

The 38-year-old resigned on Tuesday night — less than three months after being appointed joint head coach.

In a statement, the Stangmore Park club said he was stepping down for “personal reasons”.

Speaking last night, McAree said he had been considering his future for some time, and admitted his enjoyment for the job had gone.

“I think I’ve just become too involved,” he said. “Football has been my life for over 20 years, but the time has come where I want a bit more out of life.”

McAree was appointed as manager last December after Dixie Robinson resigned, but was forced to quit in February as he did not have the required licence.

He was appointed as joint head coach alongside Darren Murphy in the summer.

However, McAree said the time had come for a break.

“I left home a month before my 16th birthday to play full-time football, and every year since I have been involved in the game,” he said.

“The only time I have taken a break mid-season in those 23 years is when I got married, and I just feel I want an opportunity to try other things and enjoy life a bit more.”

He conceded that quitting had been a tough decision.

“It is hard to walk away because Dungannon Swifts has been a big part of my life,” he said.

“But in a way it is part of the problem. You become too involved, you become too affected by results and other issues.”

McAree admitted the club’s on-pitch struggles played a part in his decision.

Dungannon’s performances have been mixed this season, and he was hugely disappointed by their 4-1 loss at Cliftonville on Saturday.

“While results have been okay, I feel some players can be giving more,” McAree said.

“I look back to the way I was, and I always gave 100%, but I don’t feel that has been the case with some of our players.”

Although he is walking away from Swifts — ending an association which dates back over two decades — McAree is hoping the club will soon enjoy better times.

“There is a good group of players there and, if they go that extra yard and put in a bit more effort, they will pick up the points they need to survive,” he added.

Dungannon host Lisburn Distillery this weekend.

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