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Pat McGibbon named as new Newry City manager

Pat McGibbon
Pat McGibbon is a former Northern Ireland international

Former Northern Ireland defender Pat McGibbon has been named as manager of Premiership club Newry City until the end of the season.

McGibbon, who won seven full caps, was assistant manager of Monaghan United and also managed Lurgan Celtic.

The 37-year-old had spells with Manchester United, Wigan Athletic, Portadown and Glentoran during his playing career.

Newry sacked former boss Gerry Flynn last month and lie bottom of the table.

Robert Casey will remain at the club as assistant to McGibbon.

Bohemians boss Pat Fenlon, Shelbourne manager Dermot Keely and Roddy Collins had all been linked with the managerial vacancy.

City's next league game will be against Glentoran at the Showgrounds on 12 March.

McGibbon has spent the last two years with Monaghan in the Eircom League and is aware of the extent of the task that awaits him.

"When you look at the table, I'm well aware of the big task that lies ahead," said McGibbon.

"The bottom line is it's my job to get the players motivated and restore some morale.

"We need to try and kick on and start picking up some positive results.

"I know the likes of John Convery and Tommy McCallion from my time with Portadown and Glentoran and I have played against a number of the current first team squad as well.

"From my time at Monaghan, I've seen football on both sides of the border so hopefully, from those experiences, I can bring something new to the table.

"We need to lift the spirit of the players."

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see also
Newry City 0-1 Dungannon Swifts
01 Mar 11 |  Irish
Newry post attracting interest
05 Feb 11 |  Irish
Flynn sacked as Newry City boss
03 Feb 11 |  Irish

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