Dungannon Swifts boss Darren Murphy has resigned following the club's last minute defeat at Ballymena United, which was the Mid Ulster club's fifth league defeat on the bounce.

Tomorrow would have marked Murphy's third year in charge of the club after he replaced Rodney McAree, who at the time did not hold the required UEFA coaching license.

In his two full seasons at charge at Stangmore Park, Murphy led the club to 8th and 10th placed finishes in the top flight. The former Glenavon and Linfield defender is a well-respected figure within the league and had been mooted as a potential candidate to replace Eddie Patterson at The Oval.

He is the fourth top flight manager to leave his post this season, following the departures of Tommy Breslin, Warren Feeney and Eddie Patterson.