Next season at The Showgrounds won’t be the same without one of the men who was instrumental in the club’s resurrection as Ray Byrne steps down from his Assistant Management role. However, he was much more than that, the same unflappable attitude whether things were going well or not so good, a kind word for everyone he met and still a mean footballer on the training field his influence went right through the club. Thankfully Ray has assured us that he will not be a stranger to The Showgrounds this season.
Ray Byrne “After 8 years of coaching I have decided to step down from my role as assistant manager. Thank you to the staff, volunteers and fans for their great support over the years. To all the players throughout the years, you have played a major part in the history of the club and I wish you all well with your careers.
To Darren and all the coaching staff throughout the club, a massive thank you. It has been a fantastic 8 years. Best of luck for this season I will be down supporting NCAFC.”
Newry Manager Darren Mullen commented “I’ve known for a while now that Ramy was considering stepping down so although it’s not a complete shock it’s still news that I didn’t want to hear. I’ve been mates with Byrnesy for nearly 35 years and we have come through a lot together at the club. We were defensive partners for the youth and reserve teams so it’s fair to say we know each other pretty well. He has played a huge part in our success of recent years and he will be missed not only by the other coaching staff but also the players. We haven’t always agreed on decisions but that’s the sign not only of a good assistant manager but also of a good friend. I understand his work commitments take precedence but he knows our changing room door is always open for him and I’m sure he will still be a regular visitor to The Showgrounds.”