Paddy McLaughlin became the 28th appointed Manager of Cliftonville Football Club on Monday, February 4, 2019.
A central defender in his playing days, McLaughlin began his career with local Club Derry City, where he played between 1997-2005, before a two-year spell at Institute, with whom he won the Championship title under former Reds boss Liam Beckett.
Following a single season with Finn Harps, McLaughlin moved to Coleraine for three campaigns and, after a brief stint back at Harps, saw out his playing career with Institute before being installed as Assistant Manager to Kevin Deery.
When Deery stepped down in the summer of 2017, McLaughlin was promoted to the top job and, in his first season at the helm, guided Stute to the Championship title – a remarkable feat given the Club’s Riverside Stadium home and training facilities had been devastated by flooding at the start of the campaign.
Stute maintained their penchant for eye-catching football on their return to the Premiership and, following a more than encouraging first half to the 2018/19 season, McLaughlin made the move to Cliftonville and began his Solitude tenure with a 1-0 win over Newry City on February 9.
A boyhood Cliftonville fan, Declan was on the books of Reading as a youngster before embarking on an Irish League career with Coleraine.
After signing for the Reds in 2005, the central defender quickly established himself as a fans’ favourite at Solitude and, following a spell with Donegal Celtic, returned to the Club in a coaching capacity, initially working with the Academy and Olympic sides before progressing to the senior set-up under Paddy McLaughlin, under whom he operated as First-Team Coach before being installed as Assistant Manager in 2021.
A former Cliftonville player, Marty made 69 appearances for the Club over two spells between 1992 and 1999.
A member of the Reds’ 1998 Premier League title-winning side, Marty – who also starred for Ards and Derry City during his career as a stylish midfielder – was appointed to Paddy McLaughlin’s backroon staff in September 2021.
A Goalkeeping Coach of some repute, Conleth McCrudden was another member of the backroom staff that made the move to Cliftonville from Institute.
Alongside his work with Stute, with whom he enjoyed Championship title success in 2018, McCrudden has also overseen Goalkeeping Masterclass programmes alongside the Ryan McBride Foundation in Derry.