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Returned Dornan is aiming for Swift revival of Blues

By Stuart McKinley

Published 05/06/2015

Back on board: Former Linfield favourite Alan Dornan has joined the Blues coaching staff
Back on board: Former Linfield favourite Alan Dornan has joined the Blues coaching staff

Former Crusaders manager Alan Dornan is back in senior football - more than a decade after he was sacked by the Seaview outfit.

Dornan has been appointed as manager of Linfield Swifts - the club's second string - after an approach from first-team boss Warren Feeney.

The new job means something of a return home for Dornan, who spent nine seasons at the club, winning numerous honours.

"I am delighted to be joining the coaching staff at Linfield," said Dornan.

"It is the club that I always wanted to work for and I am very much looking forward to getting started.

"My job will be to support Warren Feeney is whatever shape or form I can as he tries to bring the league title back to Windsor Park."

Dornan has spent his 10 years out of the spotlight working with young players at Ridgeway Rovers in Dundonald and Amateur League club Orangefield.

He does hold a Uefa A Licence and his background in the game as a player stands up to the strongest of scrutiny, with his style making him a favourite among fans at all the clubs he played for.

During his time with Linfield Dornan won 18 trophies, captaining them to an Irish League and Cup double in 1994, before they lifted the Cup again 12 months later.

In total he won five league titles at Windsor Park before joining Crusaders in 1996, where he won the league again in his first season on the Shore Road.

He moved to Glenavon in 1998, but didn't collect any major honours at Mourneview Park before returning to the Crues in 2000.

After Gary McCartney's departue in 2002 Dornan took over as manager in what was one of the most difficult periods the club has been through.

He was sacked by the Crues in February 2005, but was responsible for bringing Colin Coates, David Magowan and Chris Morrow into the first team as youngsters - all three of whom were instrumental in their title win in the season just finished.

After giving Dornan the job Feeney said: "I'm delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Dornan as the new coach of Linfield Swifts.

"Alan is a winner who comes to the post with a strong Linfield background, as a former player and captain.

"He knows the club well and he is vastly experienced in this league.

"He's really looking forward to getting started and I'd just like to welcome him on board and wish him every success in his new role.

"I'm sure he will have a lot to offer and contribute by passing on his considerable experience, in assisting the development of our talented young players.

"I know our supporters will welcome him back to the club he served with such distinction throughout his playing career."

e CLIFTONVILLE have agreed to Jude Winchester's request to be put on the transfer list.

The midfielder shocked the club by asking to leave, despite being a regular in the team since signing a two-year contract last summer.

Prior to that he had spent the latter part of the 2013-14 season on loan at Solitude from Kilmarnock and was an important part of the team that won the league title 12 months ago.

The Reds are now open to offers for the 22-year-old, but they will expect a transfer fee as he still has another season on his contract.

Definitely staying at Solitude, however, is midfielder Martin Murray.

The 21-year-old, who joined the club from Glentoran two years ago, had been the subject of interest from Premiership rivals Portadown.

He has turned down that approach and signed on for another season with the Reds.

Also signing a new 12-month contract is midfielder James Knowles.

The 22-year-old had an injury plagued campaign after returning to the club following a season at Linfield.

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