MICHAEL DEENEY will manage Milford United for the 2016/17 season, which gets underway on Sunday-week.
Deeney was confirmed as the new man at the helm at Moyle View Park on Sunday night following a meeting of the club.
In 2014, Deeney managed Fanad United in the Ulster Senior League and was involved with Swilly Rovers last season, but has now succeeded Noel Gillespie at Milford, last season’s Donegal League Premier Division runners-up.
Milford won the Brian McCormick Cup with a 3-0 win over Castlefin Celtic in May. Gillespie subsequently announced his departure and Milford have bided their time before making an appointment.
Picture caption: Milford United celebrate winning the Brian McCormick Cup final in May.
The Scot, the son of a Kerrykeel native, has been resident in Ramelton for the last four years and has also been involved at schoolboys level with Swilly.
Deeney played with Greenock Morton from 1988 until 1992. He was once regarded by a Scottish newspaper as ‘the man who could beat three players in a telephone box’.
He played in a team alongside the likes of Derek McInnes and Davy Hopkin.
“Michael will bring an abundance of experience with him to the roll having spent many years as a professional footballer in the Scottish League,” a Milford statement read.
“Michael has brought former manager Peter Doherty back as part of his back room team and has stated that he will add a few more faces to the back room over the next few days and weeks.
“The committee wish Michael and the team all the best for the season ahead.”
Milford’s new seasons begins on Sunday-week with a Brian McCormick Cup clash at home to Keith Hegarty’s newly-promoted Lagan Harps.