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Paul Leeman steps down from coaching role at Crusaders while Welders pay tribute to secretary



Moving on: Paul Leeman has left the staff at Seaview

Moving on: Paul Leeman has left the staff at Seaview

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Moving on: Paul Leeman has left the staff at Seaview

Crusaders have announced that Paul Leeman has departed his coaching role at the club due to personal reasons.

Leeman joined Stephen Baxter's backroom team one year ago having previously left a coaching position at Glentoran after Mick McDermott took over as boss at the Oval.

Leeman was well-respected during his second stint at Seaview, having previously been a player for four successful years with the Shore Road side. That spell followed on from a long and trophy-laden career at the Glens.

A statement from Crusaders read: "Paul joined Stephen's backroom team at the start of last season bringing with him a wealth of experience in the local game and having played previously for the club. He quickly became an important part of the team and was highly regarded by the squad."

Leeman tweeted: "Sorry to have to step away but huge thanks to Stephen Baxter, the staff, players and the fans of Crusaders FC for the opportunity and the experience of being involved again last season with a great club. I wish them all the very best for the future."

Meanwhile, Harland and Wolff Welders have paid a glowing tribute to Fred Magee who is stepping down from his role as secretary after 50 years of distinguished service to the club.

A great club man, who has worked with 18 managers, Magee has been a wise voice in the ambitious upcoming new stadium move for the Welders.

Chairman Thomas Flynn said: "Fred has watched the team develop, enjoying success along the way, and assisted in bringing them to where the team is today, with the imminent opening of a new state-of-the-art stadium in our East Belfast Holywood Road home, in which he has played an important role as part of the development plans.

"On behalf of the entire Management Committee of the club we wish Fred good health in his retirement, and look forward to him attending and enjoying future games, in the comfortable surroundings of our new stadium."

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Belfast Telegraph