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.
Now in his third separate role at Cliftonville, Brian Donaghey returned to Solitude in February 2019, having previously worked under Paddy McLaughlin at Institute.
A central midfielder in his playing days, Donaghey scored five goals in 53 appearances for the Reds between 1998-2000 and also served as the Club’s First Team Coach during Gerard Lyttle’s tenure as Manager.
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.