THE much-travelled Dominic McMullin has been confirmed as the new manager of Fermanagh and Western League Division Two side Fintona Swifts.
McMullin, who last season managed new boys Ballygawley, takes over from Seamus McCarron. Under McCarron, Swifts were last season crowned Division Three champions and were beaten finalists in the Division Three League Cup.
The new man believes there exists real potential at Ecclesville Park for a return to the top table of the Fermanagh and Western League.
“That was one of the attractions of the job,” said the Omagh man.
“All management jobs are different and I see this one is a real challenge for me.
“The aim obviously is to get Fintona promoted back to Division One but I’ll be making no promises on that front. There is definitely potential there but it may take one season, two seasons who knows? I plan to be about to help them achieve that goal.
“Fintona have a good nucleus of local and young players and that is a great foundation for me to start with. I’ll probably bring one or two in but I will only sign players who will strength the team.
“This is familiar territory for me, having helped Strathroy and Shelbourne gain promotion from Division Two as well as keeping Strule United in the division, but you’re only as good as your last job and I didn’t get Ballygawley promoted.”
That said Swifts obviously believe McMullin, who will be assisted by Aidy Rice, is the man for the job.
Back in April the Ecclesville Park outfit marked their return to the Fermanagh and Western League by winning the Division Three league title.
That was a real statement of intent as was the signing of marquee striker Ryan Cunningham from Tummery Athletic.
Appointing McMullin as manager would suggest there is a growing confidence and momentum that even better times are just around the proverbial corner at Swifts.
Next season all but one of the teams competing in Division Two are Tyrone-based and that was an added attraction fo the new supremo.
“That certainly added to the appeal of the post given my current work commitments,” added McMullin.
“I’m looking forward to another new challenge. I know the territory fairly well and from what I saw last season Fintona have a half decent side.
“They are in the process of rebuilding and I think they are a club on the up.
“They have always been a first or second division team. It might take a little time but I think the ambition is there.”
JUST nine months after rejoining the Fermanagh and Western League, Fintona Swifts were crowned Division Three champions on Saturday.