Cliftonville appoint Tommy Breslin as new manager

Tommy Breslin at Solitude after being unveiled as the new manager
Tommy Breslin at Solitude after being unveiled as the new Cliftonville manager

Cliftonville have named former player Tommy Breslin as their new manager.

Breslin was appointed caretaker boss at Solitude after Eddie Patterson was sacked last month.

He said: "It's a big challenge but one I'm relishing - expectation levels have risen in recent years and I'll do everything to make sure we meet them.

"I'll be doing everything I can to produce a team which plays a brand of football that is not just entertaining but which is successful as well."

Breslin was assistant boss during Patterson's reign and he was among the leading contenders for the job along with former Celtic player Willie McStay.

Kyle Spiers and Peter Murray will assist Breslin at the north Belfast club.

"We explored many avenues not only in Irish League circles, but also from the League of Ireland as well as England and Scotland," said Reds chairman Gerard Lawlor.

"But we found that, despite appealing prospects from elsewhere, we continued coming to the same outcome - which was that Tommy Breslin is the man for the job.

"We believe he possesses all the right qualities to manage Cliftonville FC and look forward to the next chapter in our club's long and proud history."

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