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Tommy Breslin rejects Cliftonville chairman's pleas to stay as boss

Gerard Lawlor spent three days attempting to talk Breslin out of quitting

Gone: Tommy Breslin has left Reds
Gone: Tommy Breslin has left Reds

By Stuart McKinley

Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor has revealed that he spent three days trying to talk manager Tommy Breslin out of quitting his job.

Breslin sensationally resigned less than 18 months after he became the first man to lead the club to consecutive league titles.

The most successful boss in the north-Belfast outfit's 136-year history, having won eight trophies, tendered his resignation in the wake of Saturday's 6-1 defeat at the hands of Ballymena United, bringing his glittering four-and-a-half-year reign to an end.

"I spoke with Tommy at length, over the weekend and on Monday, and the more we talked the more of a realisation there was from me that I was getting nowhere," said Lawlor.

"He offered his resignation on Saturday night after the match. I thought it was a knee-jerk reaction and asked him to sleep on it.

"He offered it again on Monday night and it was then that I knew I had to respect him as a person and reluctantly accept it."

Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin quits Breslin took Reds to new level

Breslin guided Cliftonville to unprecedented success, lifting the Irish League crown in 2013 and 2014, as well as three consecutive League Cup triumphs and two County Antrim Shield victories.

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It is understood that off-field issues, involving work commitments, contributed to Breslin's decision.

First-team coach Gerard Lyttle has been placed in temporary charge and he is expected to be in the running to be handed the job on a permanent basis.

Peter Hutton, who was last night sacked as manager of Derry City, is another possible candidate.

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