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RICE AND CONNOLLY MOVE ON FROM CITY.

ARMAGH CITY manager Marty Rice and captain John Connolly have both left the club in the aftermath of their relegation to the third tier.

The news comes as a double blow to The Eagles in the aftermath of their 7-1 play-off defeat to Newry City, confirming their relegation to the Premier Intermediate League.

Rice spent seven seasons at the helm at Holm Park and guided the club to two Bob Radcliffe Cup victories and the Championship 2 league title in 2014, while they also reached three Mid Ulster Cup finals, one Intermediate Cup final and finished third in last season's Championship.

"We would like to thank Marty for all the hard work he put in over the last seven years and for the success he brought to the club," read a club statement.

"We wish him well in his future endeavours. Marty will be a hard act to follow but we are determined to find the right candidate to take the club forward from this point. That search will begin immediately."

Also leaving the club is captain and experienced goalkeeper John Connolly, who spent two seasons between the posts at the Mid Ulster club.

"It's been a tough few days reflecting on how the play-offs went for us," said the former Glenavon and Cliftonville shotstopper (inset) in a post on social media.

"With Marty stepping down I've taken the decision to move on from the club where have enjoyed my two seasons.

"It was an honour for me to be made club captain and I would like to wish all my teammates the very for the future.

Thankfully for me I have some options already and will decide on my future this week. I truly mean it when I say thanks to everyone at Armagh City."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 9, 2017
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