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Niall Currie back in management with Carrick Rangers

By Adam McKendry

Niall Currie has taken the reins at Carrick Rangers and will be tasked with taking the club back into the Danske Bank Premiership at the first time of asking.

Carrick were relegated last season when they lost the promotion/relegation play-off to Newry City, and earlier in the week they parted company with Davy McAlinden.

There are few better in the Irish League than Currie at mastering the Bluefin Sport Championship, with the 45-year old having taken charge of Annagh United, Loughgall and Ards in the division, most notably getting the latter promoted to the top tier in 2013 and 2016.

The veteran boss is no stranger to silverware either, having won 10 trophies as a manager, including a stunning run of three consecutive Bob Radcliffe Cups with Loughgall in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Most recently Currie was with Portadown as they struggled through financial difficulties, but he will now get a chance to return to the Premiership with the Amber Army, who have their sights set on an immediate bounceback.

"I’m very proud and honoured to get the job and I’m looking forward to a massive challenge ahead," Currie said. "We know the Championship will be a tough league next season, but we have to have our ambitions – we want to stabilise the Club and get it back into the Premiership.

"It’ll be a massively difficult season with Portadown, Larne and Ballinamallard in our league but I’m hoping to win a few football matches and put a smile on some peoples’ faces around the town.

"I would like to thank the board for listening to me and I’m highly motivated, and excited to be at a great club and I’m just hopeful that I can get the town buzzing.

"We’re working on a new backroom staff to freshen things up and it’s important to get the right people around us which we’ll announce very soon."

Carrick Rangers chairman Peter Clarke added: "Niall’s knowledge and experience gained at both Championship and Premiership level will prove invaluable as we work towards our goal of returning to the Premiership as soon as possible.

"His passion and desire to succeed was evident during the interview process and I think this will be a key factor in driving the club forward."

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