Belfast Telegraph

Stephen McDonnell earns long-term deal as Warrenpoint Town boss

Warrenpoint Town's 26-year-old interim manager has earned the job on a permanent basis.

Stephen McDonnell has been appointed on a three-year deal after taking caretaker charge following Matthew Tipton's departure to join Portadown in February.

In McDonnell's seven games in charge, he has led the team to three wins and four defeats, including victories over Ballymena and Glentoran sides managed by legendary Irish League bosses David Jeffrey and Ronnie McFall respectively.

“I have had the opportunity to plan a squad for next season and I have said from day one this is a job that I want and a challenge that I am up for," said Dundalk man McDonnell.

“The players will now have the full knowledge that I am appointed, and it will be their challenge to come onboard with me.”

Point chairman Connaire McGreevy said that McDonnell, along with Assistant Manager Colm Barron (34), did enough to see off competition from other parties.

“We had a lot of interest in the position, but Stevie and Colm were the first choice for us," said McGreevy.

“The club has a vision which the two men buy into but more importantly want to be part of in implementing and shaping it going forward.”

McDonnell, a UEFA A Licensed-coach was playing for Town when his career was cut short due to injury in 2014.

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