Ports ready to start interview process

Shamrock Park
Shamrock Park

Portadown directors will next week initiate the interview process for a permanent manager at Shamrock Park.

Officials met today (Thursday) to review the final list of applicants to replace Ronnie McFall on a long-term basis.

Eleven candidates submitted applications before the March 26 deadline and a shortlist has now been approved.

Interviews will begin on Tuesday, April 12.

Pat McGibbon stepped into the role of caretaker manager following McFall’s resignation after an Irish Cup exit to Lurgan Celtic.

McGibbon will lead the players into a crunch Danske Bank Premiership date against Ballinamallard United on Saturday.

Portadown’s future could also be settled next week away from the pitch as an Irish Football Association disciplinary hearing relating to salary protocol is planned to take place on Monday night.

Steps by the club directors to install a full-time manager should mark a significant step forward towards returning long-term stability to Shamrock Park.