Muir steps down as Wakehurst boss

Paul Muir has stepped down as manager of Wakehurst.
Paul Muir has stepped down as manager of Wakehurst.

Paul Muir has resigned as manager of Wakehurst Football Club.

The former Ballymena United and Lisburn Distillery player, who had taken up the position last summer, stepped down earlier in the week.

But it proved to be a difficult introduction to management for Muir, with Wakehurst rooted to the bottom of the Northern Ireland Football League Championship Two table, with just one league victory this season.

Muir said he had made his decision “with sadness”.

“I would like to thank the club for the opportunity to manage the football team,” said Muir.

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with my coaching staff and such a talented and committed squad of players.

“Regrettably results didn’t reflect all of our efforts.

“I genuinely wish Wakehurst FC every success in achieving their goal of survival this season and for the future.”

In a statement, Wakehurst said they had “reluctantly accepted” Muir’s resignation.

“We want to thank Paul and his coaches for all their hard work and commitment in what is a challenging Championship Two season.

“Paul leaves us with every good wish for his future success.

“In the interim, pending further deliberation, team affairs will be administered by a small group of ex-players and club stalwarts,” the statement added.

Times Sport understands that former club captain Douglas Stevenson and ex-player Stephen Mellon will take charge of the team for Saturday’s Tennents Irish Cup fifth round tie at Premiership side Portadown.

The interim management team’s main task, however, will be to attempt to steer the club to safety in the league with the bottom four teams in Championship Two facing relegation to regional intermediate leagues as the league format reduces to 12 teams next season.