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Gray aims to return Reds to glory

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Gray aims to return Reds to glory thumbnail BACK in the spotlight. Former Warrenpoint manager Barry Gray has taken over a Cliftonville.

FORMER Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray has grasped his opportunity to manage Cliftonville with a clear vision.

He wants to bring the Reds to the top of the Irish Premiership table after stepping down as Point boss in November.

Speaking during his unveiling as manager at Solitude on Wednesday, Gray said: "Cliftonville is one of the biggest clubs in the country, and they should be challenging for every competition they are involved in. And it doesn't matter what manager is here.

"Any player working under me next season will want to win the league, and they won't play for me if they don't share that ambition. It is as simple as that.

"That's the drive from board level, right down to the team. The board shares this ambition. If players don't share our vision then they won't last long at the club." Cliftonville finished fifth in the Danske Bank Premiership this season, 31 points behind champions Linfield and he admits his role will be far removed for what he was used to at Warrenpoint Town.

"It is a different challenge to managing Warrenpoint. There is the expectation here to be challenging for titles and trophies," said Gray.

"I can concentrate on being a manager here, and focus on first team affairs. At Warrenpoint, I had a few jobs within the one job of being the manager. Being successful on the pitch is my job description here.

"That's a massive motivational factor for me, having one job to do. And it's a massive job.

"I want to be here, managing one of the best clubs in the country." Meanwhile the board of Warrenpoint Town have sent their best wishes to Barry Gray as he takes up the managerial role at Cliftonville FC.

Warrenpoint chairman Johnny Bird said: "We thank him for his time, commitment and dedication to Warrenpoint Town FC over the last 11 years guiding the club from the local leagues to the Premiership.

"We wish him the very best and know that he will still be a friend of the Warrenpoint Town FC family.

"We look forward to welcoming him back at Milltown in the near future."

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