Chairman and deputy resign from Carrick Rangers board

Kieran Harding has taken over as manager of Carrick Rangers
Kieran Harding has taken over as manager of Carrick Rangers

The chairman of Irish Premiership club Carrick Rangers and his deputy have quit the club - just four days after appointing a new first team manager.

Peter Clarke and vice-chairman Adam Simpson said they were leaving the board with the club in good shape.

Former Portadown assistant manager Kieran Harding was appointed team boss on Thursday, replacing Gary Haveron.

Harding with have some rebuilding to do as key players Aaron Harmon and Conor McCloskey have joined new clubs.

Rangers skipper Harmon, 26, has signed a two-year contract with Glentoran while 24-year-old midfielder McCloskey has penned a similar deal at Ballymena United.

In a joint statement, departing officials Clarke and Simpson said they wanted time to focus on their own careers and spend more time with their families.

They said they had worked hard to develop the facilities and had drawn up a comprehensive ground redevelopment plan.

On the pitch, they pointed to the club's promotion in 2015 and the achievement of staying up after their first season back in the top flight of the Irish League.

Carrick Rangers are owned by former international Michael Hughes who won 71 Northern Ireland caps between 1992 and 2004.

The club acknowledged the resignations of Clarke and Simpson and thanked them for their hard work and dedication.