Dorrian is new Comrades boss after Hill quits

Eddie Hill stood down as Ballyclare boss on Saturday night.
Eddie Hill stood down as Ballyclare boss on Saturday night.

Ballyclare Comrades have appointed David Dorrian as their new manager after Eddie Hill quit the club following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Armagh.

“I didn’t jump, and I wasn’t pushed,” Hill said, “but I was no longer enjoying my football, so I decided to stand down.”

Dorrian, who was Hill’s assistant, is a former manager of Ballymena United Reserves.

In a statement, released on social media, a club spokesman said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of David Dorrian to the manager’s post at the club.

“Davy has a wealth of experience in the local game, including previous roles in the managerial team at Ballymena United, Glenavon and Bangor.

“Having been brought in by Eddie Hill as assistant-manager during the season, he also knows our current squad well.”

Hill’s was in charge at Dixon Park for almost three-and-a-half years during which time he won promotion to Championship 1 and led the side to two Steel and Sons Cup semi-finals.

Earlier this season Hill oversaw a shock 1-0 win over Warren Feeney’s Linfield in the League Cup.

Saturday’s loss at Armagh leaves the Comrades six points above the relegation zone with six matches remaining.