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Paddy McLaughlin talks up Cliftonville links as familiar faces join Reds


In demand: Paddy McLaughlin may be lured away from Stute
In demand: Paddy McLaughlin may be lured away from Stute

By Graham Luney

Institute manager Paddy McLaughlin has moved up the list of contenders for the Cliftonville job after it emerged the Reds have requested to speak with the Creggan man.

McLaughlin's impressive rebuilding work at Stute has won him admirers in the Solitude boardroom and the north-west club may now be facing a fight to hold onto their manager.

“I’ve been told that Cliftonville has made contact with Institute,” he told the Derry Journal. "They’re one of the biggest clubs in the north and it’s nice to be mentioned."

If McLaughlin responds positively to Cliftonville's request he could end up taking charge of the north Belfast side for their next league game against Newry City on Saturday week.

The 39-year-old is enjoying a successful spell in his first managerial job, having guided Stute to the Championship title last season despite flood damage forcing the club out of their Riverside Stadium home just a few weeks into the campaign.

This term has been equally as impressive, McLaughlin guiding Institute to their current seventh place berth in the Premiership table, just one spot below the Reds.

Should he make the move to Solitude, he will link up with two familiar faces Stute midfielder Aaron Harkin joined Cliftonville on transfer deadline day, as did Niall Grace, who came in on loan from Glenavon after leaving Institute just last summer.

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