Currie's Backroom Staff Confirmed
Carrick Rangers are pleased to provide details of Niall Currie’s backroom staff for the season ahead as John Bailie joins as Assistant Manager, with Clifford Adams coming on board as a Coach. Jim Nesbitt also joins the Club as Physiotherapist with Noel Dean remaining as First Team Attendant.

Bailie spent a number of years as coach of Linfield Rangers before Niall Currie brought him to Ards as a coach in 2015. Bailie remained part of Currie’s backroom staff at the North Down side until the ‘Gers boss left the club in December 2016, and served on as interim manager for a short period before leaving.

In October 2017, Bailie again linked up with Currie at Portadown as a coach until Currie and his staff left Shamrock Park in February.

Bailie also served as coach of the County Down Super Cup NI side for a number of years along with his coaching roles in the Irish League.

Adams spent six years at Ballymena United under Roy Walker and Glenn Ferguson in various capacities such as a coach for the first team, reserves and Under 19s as well as a scout.

Adams then moved to Wakehurst to take up the position of manager before he moved on to managing Ballyclare Comrades in March 2017, leaving his position in April 2018.

Jim Nesbitt joins the team as Physiotherapist. Nesbitt was previously Head Sports Therapist at Darlington FC and worked alongside Adams at Ballyclare Comrades last season.

Noel Dean will also continue in his role as First Team Attendant for the forthcoming season having served a similar role under both Aaron Callaghan and David McAlinden.

Pleased to officially confirm his backroom staff, Niall Currie said:

“I’m delighted to have John on board, he came in with me at Ards a few years ago and we won the league together. He has great knowledge of the league and great knowledge of players. I’ve been with Jay Willis a long time - 12 or 13 years - and he’s not coming with us, so I wanted John to step into the Assistant Manager role and I think he will be perfect.

Clifford will be coming in as First Team Coach. Again, I’ve known Clifford a long time and John has known him a long time as well. He’d been scouting with Portadown after doing what I thought was a great job at Ballyclare as Manager. His knowledge of young players and every player in the country is second to none, and he’s delighted to be on board as well.

We’ve got to build a team that’s competitive in a really tough league, so we’re going to have to get real value for money from players and there are no better men than Clifford and John to have beside me.

I played with Dixie (Noel Dean) at Bangor and with him being at the Cub already for a few years, he’s the perfect man to have there as well.

Jim’s pedigree is fantastic and was at Ballyclare last year, and I’m very confident that Jim knows his stuff. I sat down and had an interview with Jim and he was more than happy to come on board.”

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all Carrick Rangers and Carrick Rangers Academy coaches the best of luck for the new campaign! #AmberArmy

updated: 31 May 2018

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