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McAleer to remain in charge at Strule United

Niall McAleer reappointed Strule United boss

THE new committee at Strule United has move quickly in announcing that Niall McAleer had been reappointed team manager of the Omagh club.

McAleer was in charge last season when United were relegated after just one season in the top flight of the Fermanagh and Western League.

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A 4-1 defeat to Stathroy Harps in the final game of the season confirmed Strule’s relegation and afterwards McAleer told the Herald he was taking time out to consider his position.

That contributed to the uncertainty around the Division Two club who had experienced a number of other difficulties in the close season.

However the appointment of a fresh committee last week appears to have put the Omagh outfit firmly back on track and confirmation that McAleer is back in the hotseat will have added to the new sense of optimism around Donnelly’s Holm.

McAleer will be assisted by Gary Wallace, who has been recruited to oversee coaching and strength and conditioning.

It appears to be all systems go for Strule and Noel Stewart, who has been appointed new club chairman said everyone was looking forward to a “fresh start”.

“It’s a clean slate, a fresh start and it’s something we can put our stamp on,” said the Omagh businessman.

“I was asked to get involved and was encouraged by what I had been told.

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“I asked a few questions and was given the commitments by the people who mattered.

“It’s a brand new start, a brand new committee with fresh views, fresh ideas and ambitious.

“Word travelled fast after the AGM on Wednesday evening and I have had nothing but phone calls and texts from people offering support. It’s seriously encouraging.”

Strule won’t be fielding a reserve team in the forthcoming season but the chairman has made that a priority.

He insisted proper structures had to be put in place and said developing a youth policy had to be a longer term goal.

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