Glens legend Nixon aims to take their east Belfast neighbours into the top flight

Colin Nixon - new Dundela boss. Pic: NIFL.

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Dundela have announced the appointment of Colin Nixon as their new manager as the club signal their intent to push for a place in the top flight.
 
The 41-year-old former Ards manager and legendary Glentoran player comes to Wilgar Park to replace Bryan McCarroll with whom the Duns parted company last month.
 
Speaking about the challenge ahead, Nixon was clearly impressed by the vision shown by the club.
 
"Once I met the committee and went through the interview process I realised that the club had ambitions that matched my own,” he said.
 
"I'm a winner, and hopefully we can get Dundela winning on the pitch. What the supporters will get is 100% commitment and 100% effort. We've got a certain style of play and we want to see Dundela playing good football.
 
"The drive is for the Premiership, and that's where I want to take the club. We’ll be working as hard and as quickly as we can and for the moment will be focusing on player recruitment, and trying to attract the best players to Dundela, players that are winners and that are hungry for success."

The Duns finished sixth last season, 20 points behind Championship winners Portadown.

But Nixon says top flight football is achievable and that's why he's making the move to the next door neighbours of his beloved Glens. 

There'll be big changes on and off the pitch - ground improvements including new stands are to be in place at Wilgar Park/aka the Hen Run next year. 

There's also a change of scenery for Nixon's former Glens defensive colleague Sean Ward - in Lurgan.

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