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'It's about stability': Barry Gray appointed as Warrenpoint manager after Stephen McDonnell's departure

Barry Gray has his work cut out in his second spell as Warrenpoint manager.
Barry Gray has his work cut out in his second spell as Warrenpoint manager.

Warrenpoint Town have reappointed Barry Gray as manager of the club less than 24 hours after Stephen McDonnell's departure.

Gray led the club for a 10-year period until November 2016, guiding Point through the leagues and into the top tier of Irish League football.

He stepped down to allow Matthew Tipton to take the reins, with McDonnell as his assistant.

Gray was appointed Cliftonville manage in May 2017 but was sacked in January this year, with the club sixth in the table and on a run of six defeats in seven.

Warrenpoint are on an even worse run, having lost 12 of their 15 competitive fixtures this term but managing director Connaire McGreevy says Gray has been brought in to secure Premiership survival.

"This appointment is about stability following a rough start to the league campaign," he said.

“Barry has been here before and got the t-shirt and knows full well the battle we face to get competitive in this league.

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“The work going on behind the scenes to transform the club continues but it is imperative that Premiership status is maintained.

“Barry gives us the time and space required to get the business end tied up as we plan for the long-term future.

“Further statements will be made in due course."

Warrenpoint are currently bottom of the league with three points but are only two points off Institute and six behind Carrick Rangers, who they travel to on Saturday.

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