The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Pippa Field

FOR­MER North­ern Ire­land for­ward War­ren Feeney has be­come New­port County’s fifth man­ager in­side a year fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of John Sheri­dan to Old­ham Ath­letic this week.

Feeney had been work­ing as as­sis­tant man­ager to Sheri­dan, who was in charge of the Ex­iles for 17 games.

Since Justin Ed­in­burgh left New­port in Fe­bru­ary, Jimmy Dack and Terry Butcher have also been through the re­volv­ing door at Rod­ney Pa­rade.

But 34-year-old Feeney did not have to think twice be­fore ac­cept­ing the role.“It was an easy choice for me,” he said. “It’s a dream that it has hap­pened.

“I want to hit the ground run­ning and get re­sults.This is a great area and a de­cent club.”

Feeney’s pre­vi­ous man­age­rial job was with North­ern Ir­ish club Lin­field, who were sit­ting two points clear at the top of the Ir­ish Premier­ship when he re­signed in or­der to join New­port in Oc­to­ber.

And Ex­iles di­rec­tor Gavin Fox­all has faith.

“It was an easy de­ci­sion for us as a board of di­rec­tors,” he said.

CHANCE: War­ren Feeney

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