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Sean-Paul Murray confirmed as new Lisburn Distillery manager

Lisburn Distillery have appointed Sean-Paul Murray as their new manager.

A current IFA Player Development Programme coach and Elite Performance Programme coach, 35-year-old Murray arrives at the club having already achieved success at Newington FC where he was part of a team that secured four NAFL Premier League titles and also promotion to NIFL Championship Two.

In a reversal of roles from their time at Newington, Murray, a Uefa 'A' License holder, will be joined by his former boss Eamonn McCarthy, who has agreed to be assistant manager.

A club spokesperson said: "The newly appointed duo possess considerable working knowledge of players at both senior and amateur level and both have proven their ability to achieve success despite restricted budgets.

"Sean-Paul's short-term remit as manager is to ensure progression of the results for the first team but longer term he will also be requested to provide a hands-on role in ensuring the development of the club's Youth Academy system and to assist in developing a long-term plan which will enable easier movement of players between academy and first team levels.

"The directors would like to wish Sean-Paul and Eamonn well and would also like to place on record their gratitude to Nick O'Neill, Darren Nixon and Jim McIlhagga for overseeing team affairs in a professional manner since the departure of Tommy Kincaid."

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