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Paul McAreavey leaves club
Uploaded Monday, 24th Feb, 2020 at 19:34

BALLYMENA United can announce that chief scout Paul McAreavey has left the club to take up the position of assistant manager at Glenavon.
The 39 year old was appointed as chief scout when David Jeffrey and Bryan McLoughlin joined the club, a position he has held for almost four years. McAreavey also previously played for the Sky Blues under Roy Walker, albeit a brief spell of just three games.
Manager David Jeffrey was pleased for Paul to take the step back into a hands on coaching role, "we've known of Glenavon's interest for a while, and when Paul had the opportunity to go and speak to Gary Hamilton, he came away with food for thought and a choice to make. He informed us last night that his desire to get back into the dugout and on the training pitch has come at the right time for him, with his children a little older he feels he has the time to dedicate to that role. Paul has very much been a part of the team here and the success that has come in the last few years and he leaves with our blessing to go on and pursue a coaching career that he had previously started with Donegal Celtic. We wish Paul all the best and thank him for his efforts and time here at the Showgrounds."
McAreavey said "it was such a big decision for me, a chance to do something different. I've worked with David and Bryan for a long time, they are my family, both are like step fathers who looked after me in my playing days and here provided a platform to help build a team to break into the top six and then kick on to win things.
Yes, it's been a challenge with its ups and downs, this season has been tough but overall it has been a successful time when you look at Ballymena's recent history. It has been four brilliant years, a lot of great memories to take away - European football over three ties, five cup finals in four years, consecutive top six finishes and going so close last year to the top prize. I'd like to think I've played my part by bringing in the players for that success over my time here.
I really want to thank the people at the Showgrounds, too many to mention - the board, the fans, the people around he club, backroom staff, to the likes of Karen and Lindsay, who have been so helpful and brilliant with the kids, to the Chairman John Taggart and men like John Torrington, every one has been superb. I am genuinely devastated to be leaving, and it came out of the blue, but to work as a number two was an offer I had to take seriously. I see the relationship between David and Bryan and I've time now to replicate that and work on a team on the inside and make a real difference in the changing room and in training. I really enjoyed that at Donegal Celtic, and the challenge of bringing in young kids - one of my greatest achievements I believe was keeping Donegal Celtic in the championship - that brought me a lot of joy and I've realised I really missed it. When Gary came in with the opportunity it was too good to turn down."
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