Appointed as Cliftonville Manager in May 2017, Gray had for more than a decade been the instantly-recognisable face of Warrenpoint Town, whose fortunes he transformed during a meteroic rise through the NI Football League system.
His first involvement in football came with Mid-Ulster League side Midway United in his native Newry where, in addition to his playing committments, he oversaw various strands of youth coaching.
A move to take charge of Newry City’s Reserves saw him serve under Roy McCreadie, Roy Coyle and Paul Millar before his appointment as Warrenpoint boss in 2005.
He led the County Down outfit from Mid-Ulster Football League Intermediate A to the Danske Bank Premiership, courtesy of a dramatic Promotion Play-Off victory over Donegal Celtic in 2013, before stepping down three years later to focus on his role as a director of the Milltown club.
He would return to a dugout less than 12 months later, however, when he was unveiled as boss of the Reds – whose 2011 Irish Cup elimination he had masterminded to acclaim from across the NI Football League spectrum – on May 10, 2017.
The vastly-experienced Fay first worked alongside Barry Gray at Warrenpoint Town and was delighted to join him in making the move to Solitude in May 2017.
Formerly Manager of Dungannon Swifts – whom he led into European competition – Fay has also enjoyed spells on the staff at Newry City, Lisburn Distillery and Donegal Celtic.