INSTITUTE: Paul Kee happy to remain in the ‘Stute hotseat

Institute boss, Paul Kee will remain in charge at the Riverside Stadium.
Institute boss, Paul Kee will remain in charge at the Riverside Stadium.

PAUL KEE insists he is happy to remain as manager of Institute Football Club following a meeting with club committee members last night.

The Drumahoe man claimed he was ‘considering his future’ at the club following last Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Ballymena United which stretched their winless run in the league to 16 games.

Institute are currently four points adrift at the foot of the Irish Premiership table but Kee is determined to continue battling against the drop during their final nine league games.

His side face Ballinamallard at the Riverside Stadium this Saturday who are nine points better off that ‘Stute in 9th position.

Commenting after last night’s 0-3 loss to Derry City in the annual Billy Kee Memorial Cup in Drumahoe, Kee said he was happy to continue in the hotseat following positive talks with Vice Chairman, Trevor Hewitt.

“I’m happy to carry on,” said Kee last night. “If someone comes and says that they’re not happy for me to stay then that’s fair enough.

“But, in fairness, all the indications are that people want me to stay on. My comments (made in the aftermath of last Saturday’s defeat) have been dealt with very professionally by people within the club and I’m pleased and appreciate that,”

Meanwhile, goals from Stephen Dooley, debutant Anthony Elding and a penalty from Ryan Curran gave Derry City victory in last night’s friendly fixture to make it five wins from five in the ‘Candy Stripes’ pre-season campaign so far.