Rodney McAree has expressed his delight at once more taking the hot seat at Dungannon Swifts following the departure of Darren Murphy on Saturday.

McAree had been working alongside Murphy as first team coach at the club that the pair had previously co-managed, until McAree quit in October 2012 due to not holding the sufficient coaching badges. That was fresh on his forced playing retirement due to knee injuries, seven of which were spent at the Mid Ulster club under his father Joe.

“I am privileged to have been given the opportunity by the Chairman and Committee and I look forward to getting started,” said the 41-year-old, whose first task was to guide his side to victory over Dollingstown in the Mid Ulster Cup tonight.

“Looking at our league form we need to target picking up points. I believe the squad of players are capable of getting the results that we need to put us in a better position.”

He added: “I look forward to getting started with a group of players who I have a lot of time and respect for.”

Club Chairman Keith Boyd added: “I am delighted that Rodney has accepted the position of head coach. He brings a wealth of experience and shows great passion for Dungannon Swifts.

Darren Murphy meanwhile is to take up a youth development job with the Irish FA, despite being linked to the vacant managerial position at Glentoran and also touted as a possible future successor to the long-serving Ronnie McFall at Portadown.