IRISH LEAGUE: Ronnie McFall to assist in Portadown’s search for new manager

Portadown boss Ronnie McFall. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Portadown boss Ronnie McFall. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Portadown are preparing to start the search for a new manager – with help from current boss Ronnie McFall.

McFall’s current contract expires in the summer, and while the timing of his departure remains unclear, the process of finding his successor is set to begin.

In a statement released on Thursday, Portadown chiefs reiterated their support for McFall, who has come under increasing pressure following a poor start to the season.

The Ports currently lie seventh in the Danske bank Premiership and have lost their last five games.

McFall has also been the target of a fans’ protest in recent weeks.

The club on Thursday urged supporters to rally around the club as it looks to improve on results.

It was also revealed that McFall – Europe’s longest-serving manager who has won four league titles in almost 29 years at Portadown – will assist in the search to find his successor.

“Ronnie has recognised that the time is approaching for the Board to be thinking about a possible successor, and has kindly offered to help in the process and facilitate a smooth transition,” the statement read.

“We, as a Board, are very grateful to Ronnie for this offer of assistance and intend to initiate the process shortly.

“The Board recognise that to succeed someone of Ronnie McFall’s stature will be a daunting task, but we will try and ensure, to the best of our ability, that we identify a suitable person who can take the club forward and bring more of the success that the club’s loyal fans have enjoyed and deserve.”

One name being linked with the Ports hot-seat is Pat McGibbon, who joined McFall’s backroom team on Thursday.

The former defender will initially fill the vacancy left following the resignation of the club’s physiotherapist Melissa Harrison.

“The Board is delighted to announce that Pat McGibbon has joined the backroom staff at the club,” the club added.

“He will initially fill the vacancy left following the resignation of the club’s physiotherapist, and we are sure that with his extensive playing and coaching experience, he will be an invaluable asset to the club.”