Currie accepts fate may be out of own hands as poor run continues

Ards goalkeeper Alan Blayney saves this effort from Gary Liggett
Ards goalkeeper Alan Blayney saves this effort from Gary Liggett

Embattled Niall Currie admits he can have no complaints if the Ards board ask to discuss his future.

After Saturday evening’s 3-1 defeat to Dungannon Swifts, Ards find themselves nine points adrift at the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership.

The basement club have not won a game in any competition since November, and they’ve lost every single away fixture in the league.

After the game, Currie said: “I don’t feel under pressure at all, as the board have all been fantastic. They’ve showed great me great support, and I can’t ask for any more.

“But at the end of the day, the most important thing is what happens to Ards Football Club, not Niall Currie. If the Chairman comes to me and wants to have a conversation, then I can’t have any complaints.”

On Saturday, Ards took the lead through Craig McMillen, only for a strike from Marc Brolly and a brace from Gary Liggett to give the visitors the points.

Currie added: “I look at myself all the time and I ask, ‘what can I do differently?’ But at the end of the day you have to trust your players and against Dungannon we were simply out fought. We were second to everything.

“As a football manager you’re only as good as your players, and I brought these players to this club. I gave a lot of players the opportunity to play in the Premiership, but it’s up to them to take it.

“A lot of our players should ask themselves what they’ve contributed? The club deserves better, and maybe it deserves better than me.”

Ards took the lead in the 38th minute when Ross Arthurs sped down the right flank before cutting the ball into the path of McMillen, who fired home from 15 yards.

Dungannon were awarded a penalty in first half stoppage time, when James Knowles fouled Matt Hazley. Hazley himself stepped up, but Alan Blayney saved the spot-kick.

The momentum swung in Dungannon’s favour at the start of the second half, and it was no surprise when Brolly equalised in the 61st minute.

Liggett added a second in the 68th minute, when he scored from inside the six yard box, after some great work down the left from Cameron Grieve.

And the Swifts’ new signing bagged a third in the 85th minute when he slotted the ball past the on rushing Blayney.