McGibbon out to make gains on Ports pain

Pat McGibbon during his second playing spell at Portadown. Pic by Pacemaker.
Pat McGibbon during his second playing spell at Portadown. Pic by Pacemaker.

Pat McGibbon’s long-term position at Portadown may prove the cause for speculation but the former Northern Ireland international’s sole focus is on short-term problems.

The Ports entered the weekend trip to Coleraine in search of an end to five consecutive defeats and Saturday’s 4-0 slump at The Showgrounds only served to increase pressure on current boss Ronnie McFall.

McGibbon, who served two spells as a player at Shamrock Park under McFall, is adamant his current concern remains on improving a debilitating injury list.

“On my first night last week we had six or seven lads from around the first-team squad on the treatment table,” said McGibbon. “Some have long-term problems and others long-standing issues which may need specialist help.

“Having to play with discomfort or a problem does not help, plus the mental aspect is significant along with the knock-on impact on confidence.

“However, there is no such thing as a magic sponge or magic wand and the process of getting players free of injury takes time.

“We know the issues and have moved across the board to address them but it must happen together.

“That means a collective effort by the whole club, including officials and supporters.

“We need to get the positivity back and that starts with putting our players out on the pitch.”

McGibbon completed a physiotherapy degree during a decade in professional football and has secured his UEFA Pro Licence,

“I am delighted to be back at Portadown for a third spell,” said McGibbon, who was recently linked to vacant managerial positions at Derry City and Glentoran. “Ronnie has asked me on board and I am happy to help in whatever possible way.

“Of course, I want to get back into management but at the minute my focus is on helping Portadown’s injury situation.”

McFall - who was unavailable for comment this week - will be aiming for increased selection options for tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) visit by Carrick Rangers.

Kick-off will be 3 o’clock.