Paddy McLaughlin makes decision on Cliftonville future

Paddy McLaughlin has agreed a new deal to remain as Cliftonville manager.

McLaughlin, who has been in charge at Solitude for the past two-and-a-half years, had been heavily linked with the vacant assistant manager's role at Derry City.

But the 41-year-old has decided to extend his spell in north Belfast following talks with Chairman Gerard Lawlor.

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The Reds narrowly missed out on a place in the Europa Conference League following their defeat to Larne in Saturday's play-off final.

Paddy McLaughlin has agreed a new deal with Cliftonville

Lawlor is pleased to see McLaughlin stay on at Solitude and praises his hard work and commitment to the club

“We are very pleased to have agreed a new deal with Paddy and look forward to building on the hard work he has done in the last two-and-a-half years," he told the club website.

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“The season just finished was a very challenging one on and off the park but one thing that never relented was Paddy’s determination and desire to improve Cliftonville every day of every week and I have no doubt he will continue to work as hard as he has ever done as we build towards next season.”