BANBRIDGE Town have appointed Colin Malone as their new manager.

Malone was offered the role on Thursday evening and replaces Michael Lamont who was dismissed earlier this month.

Neal Carson, who was Malone's assistant at Glenavon, is expected to be named as taking up the same position at the Town.

He beat a number of other contenders including ex-Cliftonville boss Marty Tabb to the role.

He comes with a wealth of experience, having started his managerial career at Dungannon Swifts before moving on to Glenavon in 2000.

Following his dismissal in 2003 he was appointed Armagh City manager. That was followed by a move back to Mourneview Park in 2006.

Speaking to the Leader in his first interview since taking on the Crystal Park challenge on Thursday evening, Malone said he was delighted to take on the job.

"Banbridge Town are a good club and it's a big town so there's potential there to get a massive support through the gates.

"I want to carry on from where Michael Lamont left off. I know the squad fairly well and they're a experienced bunch, so if we can retain the neucleus then we that will be a good start.

"Make no bones about it, Banbridge Town haven't been a team to have won trophies in the past," Malone admitted.

"But that is all in the past now. I'm coming here to win and I'll be ensuring that we are pushing on all fronts to get something in the trophy cabinet."

Banbridge Town Chairman Andrew Cully said, "I believe he will take the club forward and bring success to Banbridge Town."

"He comes in with a wealth of experience from his previous clubs and I'm looking forward to working with him. Colly is a high profile manager and he certainly met our criteria for a new manager.

"Colin has had success wherever he has managed in Mid Ulster has a unique record from his time at Armagh City where he went unbeaten for a whole season and won the First Division title."

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