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Warren Feeney primed to take the reins at Newport

By Steven Beacom

Former Linfield manager Warren Feeney is in line to take charge of Newport County until the end of the season after John Sheridan left the Welsh club to return to manage Oldham Athletic.

Feeney left Windsor Park in October to work as Sheridan's assistant at Newport and is now up for promotion at the League Two club.

The ex-Northern Ireland striker will be in the hotseat for Newport's trip to York on Saturday and the suggestion in Wales is that Feeney and frst-team coach Mike Flynn will take the reins until the end of the season.

Feeney would relish the challenge and believes that he could take Newport forward.

When departing Linfield for Newport it was always in Feeney's mind that one day he would become a boss at professional level, but he will not have expected the opportunity to have come along as quickly as it has done.

Newport are currently 20th in League Two, three points above the relegation places with Sheridan and his number two Feeney improving results in their time together.

County released a statement thanking Sheridan for his efforts at Rodney Parade but they were far from happy with Oldham.

Newport's official website posted: "The board of directors would like to put on record their thanks for the work John has done during his brief spell at the club.

"During his time with us, John has helped to guide the club out of the relegation places in League Two whilst progressing the club to the third round of the FA Cup for the first time in 30 years.

"Whilst John leaves with our best wishes, we are disappointed with the way that Oldham have conducted themselves during this process and are considering our position."

It is understood that Oldham were keen on former Northern Ireland striker Iain Dowie before approaching Sheridan, who managed the Latics between 2006 and 2009. The 51-year-old. who made more than 150 appearances for Oldham during his playing career, takes over from David Dunn who had replaced former Derry City and Portadown favourite Darren Kelly.

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