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Institute boss McLaughlin rules himself out of Coleraine race


Glowing reviews: Stute boss Paddy McLaughlin
Glowing reviews: Stute boss Paddy McLaughlin

By Conor McLaughlin

Institute boss Paddy McLaughlin has distanced himself from the vacant managerial role at Coleraine.

The former Bannsiders defender has earned glowing reviews for the job he has done with Stute, guiding the Drumahoe outfit back to the Danske Bank Premiership with a brand of easy-on-the-eye football - all despite the significant upheaval of being forced to groundhop in the aftermath of the flood damage inflicted on their traditional Riverside Stadium home last summer.

Some fine early-season performances and results - including a battling 2-2 draw with Coleraine at The Showgrounds - suggest that Institute have made their top-flight transition with ease and their manager is more than content to stay where he is.

"I don't want to talk about other jobs at other clubs because I've got a job here and it's one I really enjoy," said McLaughlin, who played for the Bannsiders between 2008-2011.

"I feel like we've got something good building at Institute and we've started the season well. I've been so proud of how the players have played, even against the bigger sides - they've never been afraid to keep doing what we always do."

On speculation linking him with a return to Coleraine in the wake of Oran Kearney's departure for St Mirren, McLaughlin - who also represented Stute, Derry City and Finn Harps during his days as a no-nonsense centre-half - added: "If people are talking about you in relation to other jobs, it's a nice thing to hear because it means you must be doing something right.

"That goes back to my players again, though. They're the one whose performances have got people talking and it's what they do out on the pitch that gets people saying good things about you.

"I'm not looking at any other clubs or any other jobs because I'm the manager of Institute and I'm looking forward to trying to keep doing well here."

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