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Dungannon Swifts are in no rush to appoint new manager with McAree and Murphy linked

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Darren Murphy and Rodney McAree are both former Dungannon managers and even worked together as part of the same coaching ticket.

Darren Murphy and Rodney McAree are both former Dungannon managers and even worked together as part of the same coaching ticket.

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Darren Murphy and Rodney McAree are both former Dungannon managers and even worked together as part of the same coaching ticket.

Dungannon Swifts Chairman Keith Boyd has insisted the club are in no rush to appoint a new manager, declaring that they will take their time to land the person they believe can prolong their stay in the top flight of Irish League football.

Following Kris Lindsay's midweek departure as boss, with Swifts at the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership table, a number of big names have been linked to the post, including Rodney McAree and Darren Murphy, who both previously managed at Stangmore Park.

The position is being filled on a caretaker basis by long-time coach Dixie Robinson, with Boyd revealing that interested parties have already been in contact with the Tyrone club about the role.

Former Manchester United star Roy Carroll, who joined Dungannon as a player last month when Lindsay was in charge and has been a hit with his performances and attitude in helping players around him, was also rumoured to be an option. However, the 43-year-old was yesterday named as goalkeeping coach for the Northern Ireland U17/19s in Gerard Lyttle's backroom set-up.

McAree and Murphy are both hugely popular figures at Stangmore. The former left the manager's role in 2018 to take over at Coleraine and is now doing fine work coaching at Warrenpoint Town, while, since exiting the Dungannon hotseat in 2015, Murphy has held prominent coaching positions with the Irish FA and Linfield.

Chairman Boyd said: "We have had people sending us emails already about the job but we are in no rush or panic.

"There is no relegation this season and, going forward, we will take our time and as always the Board will consider what is best for the club."

He added: "We are in the top flight of Irish League football for 18 years and when you think we work with a small budget, that's an exceptional achievement for all involved over the years with Dungannon. We want to stay in the Premiership but know that is getting tougher and tougher so this is a very important appointment."

Proud of the successful youth structure at the club, which has taken a host of players across the water, Boyd addressed suggestions that Lindsay had been sacked rather than left by 'mutual consent' as Dungannon Swifts stated on Thursday.

"Kris is a good, honest, decent fellow but it just didn't work out which can happen in football," said Boyd.

"He didn't get the sack. The two of us had a chat and came to an agreement. I think Kris is a good coach and I wish him well in the future."

Lindsay took over at Stangmore in 2018 after leaving a coaching role at Glenavon. Before that, Linfield wanted him to join their backroom staff.

Highly thought of within the game, former Portadown, Larne, Linfield and Glenavon defender Lindsay could be a target for Glentoran, who it is believed are keen to add to their coaching team.

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