COLIN Malone has turned to a familiar face to bolster the Loughgall coaching team.
Gerard McMahon is now on board as assistant manager to Malone at Lakeview Park, having departed from the position of reserve-team boss with Glenavon.
Malone was boss of the second-string side at Glenavon back in the 1990s when McMahon moved from Mourneview Park to join Tottenham Hotspur.
Malone then brought the playmaker back home from across the water at Scotland’s St Johnstone during a spell in the senior hot-seat at Glenavon.
McMahon commands respect following a playing career at Spurs, Stoke City and St Johnstone, as well as Glenavon. His international pedigree led to 17 caps for Northern Ireland.
“He will have the respect of everyone for his achievements as a player but I am also interested to see what he will bring to the table as assistant manager,” said Malone. “Already his drills and ideas have enhanced our training sessions and Wesley Boyle will continue to operate in a player/coach capacity but with Gerard as my assistant.
“It is a tremendous boost for the club and I have known Gerard a long time, not just in terms of football but socially.
“He is a great guy and can bring a coaching background to the table so everyone is relishing working together.”