Smith calls it a day

Sammy Smith (left) Manager of Newington Rangers and Mervyn Bunting are pictured with ball sponsor David Mongomery of phs Compliance,Main Street Larne. INLT 08-006-PSB
Sammy Smith (left) Manager of Newington Rangers and Mervyn Bunting are pictured with ball sponsor David Mongomery of phs Compliance,Main Street Larne. INLT 08-006-PSB
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SAMMY Smith has stepped down as manager of Amateur League side Newington Rangers, writes Alan Hall.

After one season in charge of the Division 1C club, the former Larne player said he felt it was “time to take a break”, but maintained he has left a strong squad in place for his successor to mount a challenge for promotion next season.

Speaking in last week’s Times, Smith hinted that his departure could be on the cards when he said: “Will Sammy Smith be there next season? That’s maybe another story for another day!”

Confirming his decision to leave the club this week he said: “I just thought it was time to take a break, I was getting stressed out. I don’t do things half-heartedly, for me it was a seven-days-a-week job, not just a case of turning up for training and the matches on Saturday.”

Read the full story in this week’s Larne Times