Neil McDonald revealed as Iron's new assistant manager after leaving Limerick FC


Scunthorpe have announced that Neil McDonald will become the club's new assistant manager, after the Iron and Limerick came to an agreement that sees him leave his role as first team manager at the League of Ireland Premier Division club.

McDonald links back up with Graham Alexander after the pair shared a spell at Preston North End where McDonald was coaching the youth team and Alexander was a player.

In a statement on their official website, Limerick said:

"The club and myself are naturally disappointed to be losing Neil at this time. However, when an opportunity like this is presented to your manager, where there is potential for him to be in the English Championship next season, Limerick FC is more than happy to fully back Neil and support him in taking up this position.

"It is also a compliment to Limerick FC that even though Neil has only been with us a short time, that his work has been rewarded with this very positive opportunity in his career. We thank Neil for his contribution to Limerick football in his time here.

"We also thank Neil for his help in the development of our young players, which brought about a rare opportunity for a League of Ireland club to have one of its players trialled at one of the top English Premier League clubs – that is a compliment to Neil’s managerial ability. In mentioning that, I must note the terrific work being done with our young players by our coaches throughout the club, in the first team and Academy structure." The Chairman added:

"I wish to place on record Limerick FC’s thanks to Scunthorpe United FC for their professionalism in their dealings with us and we wish both Scunthorpe and Neil the very best of luck."

Welcome aboard, Neil. #UTI

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