|Full name Rodney McAree|
Name Rodney McAree
1994–1995 Bristol City
|Date of birth (1974-08-19) 19 August 1974 (age 41)|
Place of birth Dungannon, Northern Ireland
Current team Dungannon Swifts F.C.
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Rodney McAree (born 19 August 1974) is a football coach and former player from Northern Ireland who is currently manager of NIFL Premiership side Dungannon Swifts.
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- Playing career
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McAree began his playing career as a trainee with Liverpool. He then spent a season with Bristol City, before joining Fulham, then in the Football League Third Division. McAree spent four largely uneventful seasons with Fulham, but scored a vital winning goal in the final minute against Carlisle United, which eventually led to Fulham's promotion. Despite only playing a handful of games, McAree became a cult hero, and his name is still occasionally sung by Fulham fans.
In 2000, McAree returned to Northern Ireland, signing for Glenavon making 33 league appearances and scoring 3 goals. In 2002, he joined his hometown club, Dungannon Swifts, who were then managed by his father Joe, who later became chairman. McAree was a vital player for the Swifts, although occasionally suffered from injury problems. He captained Dungannon to promotion to the Irish Premier League in 2003, where they have remained since. He also won the Ulster Cup and Mid-Ulster Cup with the side. In 2007, he led Dungannon out in the Irish Cup final against Linfield, scoring an equaliser in the 40th minute. However, the Swifts became the first ever side to lose an Irish Cup Final on penalties when after a 2-2 scoreline, Linfield were victorious 3-2 in the shootout. McAree converted his penalty in the shootout. McAree retired from playing after a 2-1 defeat to Coleraine on 24 October 2009, but remained at the club in his capacity as first-team coach.
McAree combined playing with Dungannon Swifts with coaching the first team. In December 2011 McAree was appointed as Dungannon's new manager following the departure of Dixie Robinson. However he stepped down a couple of months later after it was revealed he did not possess the necessary coaching badges. He was replaced by Darren Murphy, and became his assistant manager. Upon receiving his coaching qualifications, McAree was appointed as joint manager alongside Murphy, before stepping down from the role in October 2012, citing 'personal reasons'. He returned to the club as first team coach in July 2013.