Portadown chairman Roy McMahon gives backing to Ronnie McFall

Ronnie McFall. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Ronnie McFall. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Portadown chairman Roy McMahon has backed Ronnie McFall to bring major silverware success back to Portadown.

McFall has formally accepted a new two-year contract to remain at Shamrock Park – with the deal expected to be ratified next week.

The move appears to have ended speculation over the manager’s future .

“I do not think we are that far away and I want to give Ronnie every opportunity to win the league again with Portadown,” McMahon told the Portadown Times.

“Ronnie is confident he can challenge for the title within the next two years and everyone connected wants the club to be successful.”

McMahon added: “We agree with Ronnie’s view that he has unfinished business as Portadown manager and feel we have made a decision that is in the best interests of the club moving forward.”

There had been doubts raised over McFall’s future following the club’s failure to qualify for Europe.

But McMahon insists the long-standing boss – who has been at the helm since December 1986 – has the “full backing” of the club’s board.

“As chairman, Ronnie has my complete support and the decision to offer him a two-year contract was unanimous,” he added.

McMahon refused to comment on speculation that McFall’s assistant Kieran Harding could exit the club as part of the deal.