LIMAVADY United's new manager has spoke of his pride as he takes the helm at his home town club.
Former Northern Ireland international Mark Clyde has been announced as the new boss of the Roesiders following Sean Friars' departure to join John Quigg's team at Institute, and brings with him five seasons managerial experience with AFC Bridgnorth.
Speaking to the Northern Constitution, the former Wolverhampton Wanderers defender said he always wanted to give something back to his community.
Mark said: “I spoke to the board 12 months ago about taking the managers job, but I didn't think it was the right time.
“I hadn't long moved back to the area and wanted to get up to speed with the club and with local football.
“I took over as youth development officer last year and got a great insight to the club, the structure, the players, and the Limavady community.”
Mark is keen for young players and more local players to be given a chance at the club, and to be ambitious with their football careers.
He added: “I hope to restructure the club a bit and create pathways for players to the first team.
“I want local talent to be given a chance at their local club and for the community to become more involved with the club.
“We can't lose good local talent to other clubs, we have to open the door to anyone and everyone.”
Ambition and opportunity are two features Mark wants to promote in Limavady United, and to create an environment of community spirit.
He said: “I have been home now over two years, and the football bug has been chipping away at me, so I am delighted to get back involved with football.
“First things first I want to tie down all the existing first team players. I will also be scouting locally for new talent.
“I will be using other leagues and competitions to run my eye over everyone in the area, and if good enough, they will be given a chance. Things like the Trevor O'Neill Cup will be an opportunity for me to have a look at players.
“I don't want to be hearing from anyone in the area the excuse that they were never given an opportunity at their home town club.”
With pre-season to begin in early July, Mark would like to get the club promoted within the next two seasons. In the long term he intends to improve the structure at the club and to get the community supporting the club.
Mark concluded: “There is a lot of work to be done. I would like to see more former Limavady United players involved with the club, helping around the club, supporting the team, and adding to the vibe of the club.”
During his time at AFC Bridgnorth Mark lifted the West Midlands League Division One title, twice guided them to the runners-up spot in the Premier Division and appeared in two Shropshire County Cup finals.
As a player Mark played in the Premiership wiht Wolves and was capped three times for Northern Ireland at senior level, making his debut in a 2-2 draw with Wales at the Millennium Stadium during the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Marks promising club career produced spells with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Kidderminster Harriers (on loan) before injury forced his retirement in 2007, aged 24.