Paddy McLaughlin is set to be named as the new Cliftonville manager later today after resigning from his position at Institute.

The former Derry City and ‘Stute defender tendered his resignation alongside coaches Brian Donaghy and Conleth McCrudden.

McLaughlin has done a superb job since taking over as manager following Kevin Deery’s departure from the club in the summer of 2017, leading ‘Stute back to the Premier League and taking them to seventh place in the table.

McLaughlin and his players have earned plaudits for the style of football they have played on their return to the top flight, and that has alerted Cliftonville, who have been seeking a new manager since the departure of Barry Gray.

A statement released by the club this morning said:

“Institute can confirm that Paddy McLaughlin, Brian Donaghy and Conleth McCrudden have all resigned from their positions at the club.

The club would like to thank Paddy for his dedication, hard work and achievements as a ‘Stute player and manager. We wish him, Brian and Conleth well in the challenges that lie ahead for them. The club will be consulting with our players over the next few days to reach a consensus on the best way forward.”

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