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Coleraine part company with manager Rodney McAree after one season

Rodney McAree
Rodney McAree

Coleraine have parted company with manager Rodney McAree after just one season in charge at the Showgrounds.

McAree left Dungannon Swifts to take over in September on a two-and-a-half year deal after Oran Kearney's departure to St Mirren.

However, he lasted less than a year in the role after Coleraine chiefs opted to move on from the veteran Irish League manager to go in another direction.

It was always going to be a tough task for McAree to live up to the standards of last season's Irish Cup winning campaign, and so it proved.

The Bannsiders finished fifth in the Danske Bank Premiership table, a long way off competing for the league title, and were eliminated in the Europa League play-off semi-finals by Cliftonville.

Those two things, plus disappointing cup runs in both the Irish Cup and League Cup, left the board of the opinion that a new direction was needed.

"The Board of Directors would like to place on record their thanks to Rod for the efforts and commitment he has made since his appointment and wish him well for the future," read Coleraine's statement.

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