Portadown Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Doolin as permanent manager on a two year contract.
The 59 year old Dubliner was appointed as manager of the club on an interim basis in January 2022, leading the Ports to Premiership safety via a Promotion/Relegation playoff victory over Annagh Utd after finishing 11th in the Danske Bank Premiership. During his time as interim manager at Shamrock Park Doolin would guide the Ports to impressive victories over Coleraine and Irish Cup finalists Ballymena United as well as holding Glentoran to a draw during his 3 and a half month tenure.
Doolin is a phenomenally decorated player at club level winning thirteen trophies during spells at clubs such as Derry City, Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers and of course Portadown .
The Irishman’s playing time at Portadown was laden with success, winning five trophies – Irish League title, Irish Cup, Ulster Cup and two Budweiser Cups while making 113 appearances over two spells during his stay at Shamrock Park and becoming the first player to win a League and Cup double both north and south of the border.
Paul was also part of the Shamrock Rovers side who secured a famous four-in-a-row sweep, winning the FAI Cup in three consecutive campaigns as well as being a main stay in the Derry City side who achieved a feat that hasn’t been matched in football in the Republic of Ireland since, winning a domestic treble of the League Cup, the FAI Cup and the league title in 1988/89. In the twilight of his playing career the midfielder would win the league and cup double with Shelbourne in 2000 at the age of 36, the fifth time Doolin had achieved this feat in his club career, before bringing the curtain down on his playing days at UCD.
Paul’s impressive playing career would carry on into his coaching career as, after guiding Drogheda to league safety on the final day of the campaign in 2003, he would lead them to fourth the following season and guide them to a first-ever FAI Cup in 2005 followed by back-to-back Setanta Cup victories in 2006 and 2007 as well as guiding them to the league title for the first and only time in their history and qualifying for the Champions League preliminary rounds in the process (they would be knocked out 4-3 on aggregate by Dynamo Kyiv in the second round).
Following a spell at Cork City he would take charge of the Republic of Ireland under-19 side between 2010 and 2016, leading them to the semi-finals of the European Championships in 2011.
Portadown Chairman David Jameson had the following to say on Paul Doolin committing himself to the club until 2024
On behalf of everyone at Portadown FC, I’d like to congratulate Paul on his new contract.
First and foremost, he has been fantastic to work with and I’m sure everyone at the club will be pleased that Paul is committed to stay with us until 2024.
Paul, along with his coaching team, have been integral in achieving our shared target of Premier League survival this season when he took over the reigns in January.
We want to continue to take Portadown FC forward and to see how far we can progress, and we believe Paul Doolin is the man who can take us there.
Paul Doolin add the following on his appointment
I’m delighted to be asked to stay as Portadown Head Coach for two more years and am looking forward to helping the Club move forward with the rest of the staff.
It was great for the Club and all the supporters, who are the fabric of any club, that we stayed in the Premiership but we now want to push up the table instead of fighting a relation battle.
Here’s to next season.