Oran Kearney confirmed as new Limavady boss

LIMAVADY United Chairman David Young has confirmed that ex-Linfield and Ballymena United star Oran Kearney will take over the reigns at the Showgrounds with immediate effect.

The thirty-year-old former midfielder announced his retirement from football last week but wasted no time in making the transition to manager.

Having joined Linfield in 2005 he is no stranger to silverware and enjoyed a clean sweep of domestic silverware during his time at Windsor Park.

He takes over from departing manager Jim McGroarty who had the misfortune to take charge at a time of drastic cuts at Limavady.

The former boss said he was disappointed the season ended with a succession of defeats.

"I'm disappointed that we didn't finish the season the way that I had wanted to finish the season," said McGroarty.

He added: "To end the season with successive defeats is very disheartening as we had hoped to finish much higher than we did.

"We have had a very tough season to be perfectly honest and if I'm truthful I'm glad that's it over now.

"Things just seemed to go from bad to worse this season and we always seemed to be without several key players at any one time.

"We struggled for a long time and I know the fans haven't been happy with some of the result we have had."

See the Roe Valley Sentinel on Wednesday for a full interview with United's new boss Oran Kearney.