TATTOO'LL DO NICELY

NEW Glebe Rangers boss Derek Donaghy is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve.

And just above that lies the badge of his beloved club, a tattoo he had done during his previous stint with the Ballymoney

outfit.

The Ahoghill man has the team's crest etched into his right arm, testament to his affiliation with and loyalty to Glebe.

"I know what Glebe Rangers means to people here," Donaghy told Times Sport.

"I know the history and the runnings of this club. I know it inside and out."

Bullish Donaghy (pictured inset) takes over the Glebe hot-seat following the shock midweek departure of Jonny Law for Tobermore United.

And hard-working Donaghy can't wait to get his sleeves rolled up and get to work with the Rangers players.

"I can't wait to get at it," he said.

"I spoke to the chairman on Thursday and he asked if I would be interested.

"I said there was nothing to consider.

"I would have walked to Ballymoney if he asked me to."

The rumour mill was in overdrive since news of Law's departure was made public on Wednesday.

Liam Beckett was linked with the position but turned down the approach due to other commitments.

Paul Gaston was also considered but it was Kilbride Swifts manager Donaghy who got the nod from chairman Robert Rainey on Saturday afternoon.

Donaghy's love for Glebe is starkly illustrated by the club's crest he had etched into this skin during his last spell in charge seven years ago.

"This club means so much to me I still have the badge on my arm," he said.

"It's something I got done back then. It just felt like the right thing to do.

"I'm raring to go. It's a fantastic challenge. I have to do at least as well as the previous manager or I will have failed.

"But there will no on-one putting more pressure on Derek Donaghy than Derek Donaghy because at the end of the day no manager is bigger than Glebe Rangers."

Despite an impressive array of clubs on his CV from his playing days, Donaghy says he would much rather pull on a blazer and tie than a set of shin pads on a Saturday afternoon.

"I have to say I have enjoyed my last ten years in management much more than the 20 years as a player prior to that."

Among the sides Donaghy turned out for were Linfied Youths and Swifts, Ballymena United, Crusaders, Ballyclare Comrades and Moyola Park.

During his last stint at the helm of Rangers, Donaghy secured an impressive haul of four trophies in two seasons and left Glebe sitting proudly at the top of the table.

Since then Donaghy has coached at Chimney Corner, Linfield Youths and spent the last three years at Kilbride Swifts.

He will be assisted at the Glebe by James Andrews, who was also his right-hand man at Kilbride.

Donaghy turns 42 later this week and says the perfect gift he could receive would be maximum points from the next two games.

"If I had three points against Tobermore and three against Larne then I'll settle for no cards!" he laughed.

Asked about squaring up against his predecessor Jonny Law tonight (Tuesday), Donaghy - who will take in the game from the stands - said:

"You couldn't make it up.

"Talk about sod's law!"