McGibbon steps down as Newry boss
Newry City fans were left in a state of shock as news filtered through late on Tuesday night that Pat McGibbon was stepping down as manager.
The news broke shortly after the club’s 6-0 thrashing of Premier Division side Glenavon in a friendly fixture.
The club issued the following statement on their website: “Newry City Football Club can confirm that Pat McGibbon has this evening stepped down as manager due to personal reasons. The Board of Management would like to thank Pat for his time at the club and wish him well in the future. Newry City Football Club will not be making any further comment at this time.”
The ex-Northern Ireland international took over the reins at Newry in March 2011. At the time, the club sat bottom of the table which led to the sacking of previous manager Gerry Flynn.
McGibbon was unable to save the club from relegation that season and was forced to rebuild his squad as the club reverted to amateur status in the Championship. He exceeded many people’s expectations last season though as he guided City to Mid Ulster Cup and Intermediate Cup honours and narrowly missed out on promotion back to the Premiership.