adair is back

On The Dotted Line......Brian Adair, has secured his position as Manager for Rathfriland Rangers for a third season, signing his contract last week, in the presence of Howard Murray, Club Chairman.  Photo: Gary Gardiner.
On The Dotted Line......Brian Adair, has secured his position as Manager for Rathfriland Rangers for a third season, signing his contract last week, in the presence of Howard Murray, Club Chairman. Photo: Gary Gardiner.

Brian Adair is the new Rathfriland Rangers manager, taking the reigns following the departure of Ian McDowell.

The deal brings the former Loughgall midfielder back on board for a second spell at Iveagh Park, having led the club from May 2010 until November 2012, when he left to fill the hotseat at Banbridge Town vacated by Ronnie Haughey.

He quit the Town to join Lisburn Distillery during the summer as a player, but left shortly afterwards to sign for Mid-Ulster Intermediate A kingpins Dollingstown.

Adair’s return to the Whites comes shortly after the resignation of Ian McDowell, who left the club after just three months in charge.

And he is bringing with him a very experienced backroom team.

Former Loughgall manager Jimmy Gardner will be his assistant, while Marty Angus joins as goalkeeping coach. The new club physio is Ian Forbes while Timmy Graham will focus on fitness and diet.

In a statement included in this week’s Touchline Talk notes, which you can see in full on our website later this week, the club’s committee have sent their best wishes to their returning manager for the future. His first game in charge will take place this Saturday when the Whites travel to Division 1B side Ballywalter in the Irish Cup.

This should be a favourable draw for Rathfriland, who held Barn United to a draw at the weekend.

In fact Rangers have been drawing quite a few games recently, something that Adair will hope to turn around, and although the cup needs to go either way the hope will be that the tie can be neatly sorted out in normal time.

There is anearly kick off for this game at 1.30pm.