Carrick Rangers: Manager McAlinden resigns after club's relegation

David McAlinden
David McAlinden was appointed Carrick boss in May 2017

David McAlinden has resigned as manager of Carrick Rangers following the club's relegation from the Irish Premiership.

Carrick were beaten 6-3 on aggregate in the end-of-season play-of against Championship runners-up Newry City.

Former Cliftonville defender McAlinden, 34, spent just one year in charge at Taylor's Avenue, getting the job after the departure of Aaron Callaghan.

Rangers spent three seasons in the top flight, having been being promoted as Championship winners in 2015.

A spokesman for Carrick said board members had reluctantly accepted McAlinden's resignation after a lengthy discussion.

Meanwhile, Linfield manager David Healy has released Alfie Wylie from his coaching staff.

The decision brings an end to a 14-year spell with the Blues for Wylie, who is also the manager of the Northern Ireland women's team.

Wylie's departure comes after a number of Linfield players, including Achille Campion and Louis Rooney, were also released by Healy.

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