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Niall Currie is full of praise for 'fantastic' Ards chief

By Stuart McKinley

Niall Currie has never felt under pressure as manager of Ards despite sitting bottom of the Premiership – because he is working with what he calls 'a fantastic chairman.'

Although they have won just four times in 27 league games this season, the Ards board publicly backed their boss earlier this week by first releasing a statement before funding the signings of Conor Downey, Mark Burns and Adam Rodgers.

And the arrival of those three players, plus the return of on-loan duo Alan Blayney and James Knowles for today's trip to Glenavon, will boost a squad that has been riddled by injuries for the entire season.

This was recognised in the board's statement, which read: "The board considered that the present results could mostly be put down to our list of injuries; these have included James Cully, David Armstrong, Kyle McDowell, Ryan Moffatt, Mark McClelland and Andy Mitchell, and currently Ryan Henderson, Neil Dougan and Greg Hall – all long term.

"This has resulted in an unsettled team and a lack of depth in the squad."

Currie's threadbare squad showed what they are capable of when they fought back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Linfield last Friday night and he is hoping that result will be the catalyst for a strong finish to the season.

"We have had between six and eight players out injured constantly over the last three months. We haven't made a big deal out of it, but I think the statement from the board said it all really," he said.

"I'm kept well in the loop with what is going on at the club and I have a board that is very knowledgeable, as are the supporters, and a fantastic chairman in Brian Adams, who is understanding of the situation.

"The draw with Linfield has given us all a real lift and the players were all superb.

"It will hopefully give us a wee bit of confidence now and if the players keep showing the same dedication to the club, things will improve."

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