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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 July 2006, 08:56 GMT 09:56 UK
New bosses ready for kick-off
Five Carnegie Premier League clubs will enter the 2006-07 season with new managers at the helm - Armagh City, Dungannon Swifts, Glenavon and Larne and Limavady United.

How are they shaping up for the new season and what are their hopes for the coming campaign?

BBC Sport caught up with them as they prepared for the big kick-off.


Armagh City manager Gary McKinstry
At 34, Gary McKinstry is the Premier League's youngest boss

When I got the job I was thrilled because it is something I always wanted.

People might say I am inexperienced but I feel I will bring a fresh outlook and I will certainly not be overawed. I wish the season was starting tomorrow.

As a centre-forward I will be giving my strikers particular attention.

I believe Shea Campbell will thrive playing with Shane Coney and we have Conor Forker as well. There are no specific targets as far as I am concerned.

The players are getting back from holidays and will be using pre-season games to be fit and prepared to face Cliftonville on the first day of the season.


Dungannon Swifts manager Harry Fay
Harry Fay succeeded Joe McAree at Stangmore Park

Although I did not go looking for the job, I am delighted to get it.

Joe McAree, who was standing down, recommended me to the officials and they offered me the position. It was a huge compliment.

Managing Dunganon is a big job and there is no doubt I have a hard act to follow.

The club is in a healthy state. We have lost just one player from last season in Timmy Adamson and a priority is to find a replacement for him.

I may be making a rod for my own back but I believe you should always be looking to improve. I feel we are good enough and should be aiming to be up in the top four again.

But it is going to be difficult. The teams from fifth to ninth have all strengthened and have bigger budgets than we have.


Glenavon manager Colin Malone
Colin Malone is back for a second spell at Mourneview Park

I did not have to think twice about returning to Glenavon because they are my hometown club.

The pressure is not something which worries me and I have no doubt I can do a lot better than what has gone previously.

I am confident we can get the club further up the table and challening for trophies this season. I do not forsee a relegation battle for Glenavon this time.

Three or four decent players have been added to the squad and I am quite happy with what we have.

I would like another striker and maybe a centre-half but most managers are the same.

We have irons in the fire so we will see what happens.


Larne manager Jim Hagan
Jim Hagan played for Coventry City and Birmingham City

Being offered the Larne job came as a bit of a shock. Like a lot of people I understood Mal Donaghy was favourite to get it.

When they asked me I had to think about it and decided to take it on.

I had been in charge briefly at Larne in 1993/94, after being manager at Ballymena for three years.

I had said I would never get involved again with management but felt it was the right time to get involved again.

We have lost a few players from last season with Linfield taking Kris Lindsay and Mark Dickson, and Gary McCutcheon going to Portadown.

That was a kick in the stomach, but I believe in defence and midfield we are not too bad. I am searching for a striker and am talking to a few clubs.

Marty Tabb has come onboard as assistant manager and I feel we are a good team. Marty is strong and old enough to make decisions I respect and his style complements mine.


John Cunningham
John Cunningham was coach at Derry City and Carlisle United

I had been part of the managerial team with Paul Kee at Limavady so knew what I was letting myself in for.

Paul's departure means a lot of experience has gone from the club, a void has been left which will be hard to fill.

But I have brought in former Coleraine player Brian Donaghy to be assistant manager so it is an opportunity for him.

We have lost four key players from last season in Mark Magennis, Austin Friel, Aaron Callaghan and Lee Patrick.

In our first season we lost eight or nine and it is something we have to live with. The other big problem is the small budget we have.

To be honest, I do not think we got the credit we deserved for finishing 12th last season on such limited resources.

Of course, I would like to bring in some new faces but the money available means they will be locally-based lads. Youth will definitely get a chance at Limavady.

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