Currie joined in May 2018 and has had to re-build on the pitch this season, bringing in a new management team and playing squad to compete in the Bluefin Sport Championship.
At the start of the season, Currie was set the target of securing a top six finish for the ‘Gers and this was achieved following the 3-1 Boxing Day victory over Limavady United ahead of the league split in January.
Currie’s players have progressed and developed well since assembling at the start of the season, with it being especially pleasing to see the success of the Club’s player pathway from Academy to First Team with senior debuts handed to Matthew Mulholland, Jake Moore, Dylan Smiley, Ben Mitchell and Jack McAlister so far this campaign.
As such, everyone at Carrick Rangers FC is delighted that Niall Currie has agreed an extension to his contract so to continue the great work that is underway in order to reach the longer-term goal of returning to the Danske Bank Premiership.
On behalf of the Board of Carrick Rangers FC, Chairman Peter Clarke said,
“From the very outset when we appointed Niall to the manager's position I had stated that the Club was in a period of transition and that we were looking for a long-term appointment so to bring more stability and continuity to the Club in comparison to previous years. I agreed with Niall that the main priority at that time was getting the squad built and that we would review the contractual aspect around Christmas again. Since then, Niall and the rest of his management team have done a fantastic job in putting the team together and building a very strong bond throughout the whole Club. The atmosphere around the Club is really good and obviously we are very pleased with our current position in the Bluefin Sport Championship.
Following the win against Limavady United which secured our place in the top six, I met with Niall and reminded him that we were due to review his contract and that the Club wished to formally extend it, to which he immediately accepted.
Having already appointed Clifford Adams to the position of Head of Youth Development, it was important for the Club to secure Niall on a long-term basis; his personality and man management skills are exceptional, and his positive personality has spread throughout the Club. Niall and I keep in contact on a daily basis and it is great to have a manger with such a positive outlook. Since the start of the season he has assembled a fantastic management team who work countless hours every week and are interested and involved with every aspect of the Club: from our mini-soccer and Academy to events held by our Spirit of ‘76 Supporters Club. Not to forget building a completely new squad and ensuring we achieved a place in the top six; all in only a matter of a few months...
Niall’s contract extension will also enable us to enhance our squad with players now knowing both the short and long-term plans of the Club, with further announcements to be made in the coming days.
On behalf of Carrick Rangers, I would like to wish everyone involved in our Club a very Happy New Year!”
Having committed himself to the ‘Gers for the foreseeable future, Niall Currie commented,
“We have had ups and downs since bringing in 18 new players at the start of the season. We started the season poorly but there was no panicking or fussing from anyone at the Club as we all know this is a project which will take time. The support I have received from the Chairman and the Board from the moment I arrived at the Club has been second to none.”
“I am over the moon to be committing myself to the Club; I don’t forget the fact that Carrick gave me a great opportunity to get my managerial career going again and the way I see it, loyalty goes both ways. I’m loving every second of being at the Club and the fact that we’re getting the Club going in the right direction. There is still a lot of work to be done, but I’m delighted that I am staying on to keep that work going.”
Congratulations Niall! #AmberArmy