Lisburn Distillery manager steps down following relegation

Lisburn Distillery manager Sean Paul Murray. US1545-532cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson
Lisburn Distillery manager Sean Paul Murray. US1545-532cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Lisburn Distillery manager Sean-Paul Murray has chosen to step down following the team’s relegation from Championship One.

The rest of Murray’s management team, Jim McMenamin and Eamonn McCarthy, will also be standing down from their roles at the club.

A statement released by Lisburn Distillery on Thursday night (May 19) informed supporters of the decision.

The statement said: “It is with disappointment that Lisburn Distillery announce that the first eleven management team of Sean-Paul Murray, Jim McMenamin and Eamonn McCarthy have opted to stand down from their positions.

“Eamonn had notified the club a couple of months back that he would be unable to continue in his role beyond the end of the season in the role of assistant manager due to increasing work commitments however Sean-Paul and Jim indicated that they would stay on and add to the team and staff during the off season.

“Unfortunately due to personal reasons which have arisen in the last week Jim had also had to tender his resignation and after taking some time to consider his own position head coach Sean-Paul now also feels it best for him to stand down as well.

“We would like to thank all three men for their efforts and hard work during their time at Distillery and wish them all well in their future careers.

“The timing of the decision comes at a bad time for the club however supporters can be assured that the board of directors are already working behind the scenes with a view to appointing a new management team as soon as possible.”

It was a season to forget for Lisburn Distillery as the club finished bottom of Championship One, picking up just 10 points.

Murray was named as the Whites’ boss in November following the departure of Tommy Kinkaid.

At the time of his arrival Distillery sat second-from-bottom in the second tier, with only four points from their opening nine league fixtues.