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Paul Doolin back in management with former club Portadown to fight their relegation battle

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Paul Doolin has been appointed as Portadown manager. Image credit: Sportsfile.

Paul Doolin has been appointed as Portadown manager. Image credit: Sportsfile.

Paul Doolin has been appointed as Portadown manager. Image credit: Sportsfile.

Paul Doolin is back in football as manager of his former club Portadown to lead their battle against relegation.

The Dubliner had a brief spell in charge of Athlone Town last season, his first post in management since he left his role as Ireland U19 team boss, and now Portadown have persuaded him to take up the post, replacing Matthew Tipton, who was axed last week. Doolin (58) had two spells as a player with the Ports, where he won the double in 1991.

"We are delighted that Paul has agreed to join PFC as our new interim manager. We look forward to the wealth of experience Paul can bring to Portadown to ensure we stay in the Premiership," Portadown chairman David Jameson said.

After 23 games this season, Portadown are second from bottom in the Irish League's top flight with just one win in the last 15 games.

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