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John Bailie Returns As Manager

Ards Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of John Bailie as First Team Manager.

The former club captain played 285 times for Ards, winning Player of the Year in 2000/01 and 2001/02.

John served as First Team Coach under both Niall Currie and Colin Nixon, before enjoying a two-year stint as manager between December 2019 and January 2022.

Chairman Warren Patton said, "When John expressed his interest in returning to Ards, it was a no-brainer that I heard what he had to say.

"I don't think anyone can doubt his commitment and, most importantly, his knowledge of the Playr-Fit Championship.

"I wish him all the best and have assured him that he has full support from the Board Of Directors moving forward.

"I'd like to thank Daryl Phillips and Paul Kee for looking after the team for the last two weeks."

John's second stint as Ards manager will start on Friday night when we play Annagh United at the BMG Arena.



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