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Dungannon should put their faith in ambitious young boss, says McAree

B7y Keith Bailie

New Coleraine manager Rodney McAree thinks his old club Dungannon Swifts should appoint an ambitious young coach to replace him.

McAree, who guided the Stangmore Park side to the League Cup earlier this year, was appointed manager of Coleraine on Friday and the Swifts now find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table without a boss.

"I'm not sure what Dungannon will do now, but I know there will be no shortage of people wanting to put their name forward for the role because it's a great opportunity for someone," said McAree.

"It's a great club. A club I grew up at and a club I can't thank enough for everything they have done for me. They backed me every step of the way.

"I would like to see a young enthusiastic manager who has the qualifications who likes to play the game the right way get the job, but that's not a decision for me, it's for Chairman Keith Boyd and his committee and I know they will make a good decision."

McAree watched from the stands at Clandeboye Park on Saturday as his new club drew 0-0 with Ards. "I would have loved to have been in the dugout for the Ards game, but things just didn't happen quickly enough, which is a shame but it's just one of those things," he added.

"Although we didn't get the result we wanted, Trevor (McKendry), Winkie (Murphy) and Paul (Owens) did a magnificent job and I'm looking forward to working with them."

On the day, Coleraine struggled to break down a resilient Ards with the defensive partnership of Callum Byers and Johnny Taylor keeping Eoin Bradley and Jamie McGonigle at bay. Goalkeeper Sam Johnston also excelled making a number of fine second-half saves. It was Johnston's third clean sheet in a row, with Ards claiming five points from three games.

Manager Colin Nixon said: "All credit for our draws with Linfield and Coleraine has to go to the players as they've worked incredibly hard in training. That's three league clean sheets in a row now, so I can have no complaints.

"We knew we had to tighten up defensively this season and I'm pleased with how we're working together, but it's not just about the defence. We had chances at Windsor Park to win the game, and against Coleraine today we had chances in the first half to take the lead. We played some good stuff and matched them.

"In the second half, to be fair, we tired and Coleraine were the more likely to score the goal, but I think we deserved the point.

"I'm very proud of this team. They never stop working and I think the fans can see that."

ARDS: Johnston, Kerr, Taylor, Byers, McClean, Frazer (E McAllister, 52 mins), Cherry (Tommons, 67 mins), Nelson, J Kelly, D McAllister, M Kelly Unused subs: Davidson, Elebert, McLellan, Mitchell, McAleenan

Coleraine: Johns, Canning, O'Donnell, McConaghie (Douglas, 46 mins), Traynor, Parkhill (Burns, 75 mins), Harkin, Lowry, McCauley, McGonigle, Bradley. Unused subs: Mullan, Crown, Doherty, Gawne.

Referee: Steven Gregg (Ballyclare)

Man of the match: Johnny Taylor

Match rating: 5/10

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