Nortel appoint Beggs as new boss

Football flies into the net.
Football flies into the net.

Amateur League side Nortel have appointed Ricky Beggs as first-team manager after the departure of Paul Foy.

A statement on the club’s Twitter page read: “Nortel FC welcome Ricky Beggs back to the club as 1st team manager. RB is one of Nortel’s longest servants and we wish him every success.”

Meanwhile, Foy said his move to quit the Factory Grounds outfit was not a snap decision.

The Premier Division side were in the title mix right up until the end of the campaign, but a defeat to Drumaness Mills put paid to their championship ambitions.

Speaking to the Newtownabbey Times before Beggs was appointed, Foy said: “People think it’s because what happened at the end of the season, with us losing our chance of winning the league, conceding two penalties in the last three minutes at Drumaness.

“But it’s not a snap decision. I just wasn’t enjoying it anymore and I’ve felt like that since Christmas.

“The team was doing well but that buzz just wasn’t there anymore, and up until Christmas, I’ve had that buzz since I went into management.”

He added: “I haven’t taken it lightly, I’ve thought about it a lot. I’m sorry if I let anybody down, it was a really hard decision for me, but it just wouldn’t have been fair on both parties. I’m the type of person who wears my heart on my sleeve, and once I knew that buzz wasn’t there, it was time to get out.

“When I first took over the season before last, I knew it would be a struggle but I was well up for the challenge. I completely changed everything at the club, and this year we were reaping the rewards, plus we signed a few quality players.”

“That’s football; it’s like life, it just turns on a whim. I don’t know if it’s a new challenge I need, I don’t know. But at this moment in time, I could see football far enough. I’ve stabilised the club,

“I just hope they can get someone in who can keep the club moving forward. If Nortel keep all the players that are there, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be up there challenging again.”