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Warren Feeney appoints former Rangers striker as assistant at Ards

New Ards manager Warren Feeney (left) has been joined by former Ards forward and cousin Lee (right) in the club's new-look coaching team.
New Ards manager Warren Feeney (left) has been joined by former Ards forward and cousin Lee (right) in the club's new-look coaching team.

The Feeney family affair at Ards is continuing after new manager Warren appointed cousin Lee as his assistant.

Lee began his senior playing career with the club in the 90s, earning a move to Linfield and then a transfer on to Rangers, where he was thrown into Dick Advocaat’s first team squad amongst the likes of Amoruso, Gattuso and Barry Ferguson.

After his return to the Irish League, he again played for Ards in a two year spell from 2003 to 2005.

He began his managerial journey in 2016 when he took charge of Mid-Ulster Football League side Banbridge Rangers, who he turned into one of Intermediate A's leading sides.

Also joining the staff will be John Banford, whose task will be to scout opposition teams.

Warren's father Warren Snr and Lee's brother Cullen have also played for the club.

The new coaching team has a job on its hands with nine games in which to save the club's Premiership future. Ards are currently three points off second-bottom Newry City, having played a game more. The bottom two go head-to-head in a crunch clash at the Bangor Fuels Arena on Saturday afternoon for Feeney's first game in charge.

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Warren Feeney gives his thoughts on returning to the Irish League with Ards FC ⚽️

Posted by Belfast Telegraph Sport on Tuesday, February 19, 2019

"The position Ards are in doesn't faze me at all," said Warren.

"It's a challenge I'm looking forward to tackling. When John Sheridan left Newport a few years ago, I was asked to do a similar role and I was proud to help them avoid relegation from League Two.

"Obviously the last time I was in this league was with Linfield and we were top.

"I know the Blues are a bigger club and have more resources than Ards. However, remember - and with the greatest respect - I played in England for a lot bigger clubs than Linfield so I had to adjust when I came home then and I will do the same now.

"We have good players at Ards - I know all about Johnny Taylor and Craig McClean, while Kym Nelson was at the Glens when I was at Linfield and Michael McLellan is a good east Belfast lad like myself."

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