Although they come from the same city all that Portadown’s Paul Finnegan knows about his new manager Paul Doolin is what he has picked up from others.
The defender does, however, like what he he has heard — even down to Doolin having a ‘no-nonsense’ approach.
The Ports have pinned their hopes on returning hero Doolin, who was a classy midfielder in their 1991 double winning team, to steer them clear of relegation, with their decision based on his past record, as well a robust reputation that Finnegan believes is a good mix.
“I am looking forward to seeing what the manager has, what tactics he has to bring and what he has got to say about the squad,” said Dubliner Finnegan.
“I’ve heard and known about him for years. He has a bit of a reputation for being no-nonsense.
“He was very successful at Drogheda and had a good record when working for the FAI.
“From working with the underage teams with the FAI he is very good with younger players, which will help as well. He’s not afraid to use the carrot or the stick, from what I have been told.”
The Ports are up against it in the fight to avoid a play-off, with nine points separating them from safety and a fixture list that will see them face Larne, Glentoran, Glenavon and Linfield before meeting Warrenpoint Town — the only team they have beaten in the league this season.
“I have 100 per cent belief in all these players to do the job and to claw the points back,” said Finnegan.
“When it does happen — and I 100 per cent believe that it will — that we break teams down and we hit teams on the counter attack, I do think we can turn 1-0 losses and draws into three points.”