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Ballymena United make their move to land David Jeffrey

By Stuart McKinley

Ballymena United have taken the first steps towards appointing David Jeffrey as their new manager.

The Belfast Telegraph revealed that the former Linfield boss was at the top of the Sky Blues' wanted list immediately after they sacked Glenn Ferguson on Monday night.

It is understood that Jeffrey - who has been out of management since leaving the Blues at the end of the 2013-14 season - met with club officials to discuss the vacancy.

Striker Matthew Tipton led the team's training this week and he could be a contender for the job should Jeffrey turn it down.

Carrick Rangers manager Gary Haveron is also believed to have his admirers on the board at the Showgrounds, where he played between 2005 and 2011.

Another surprise runner for the post could be Portadown manager Ronnie McFall, who is expected to end his 29-year spell in charge at Shamrock Park this summer.

Ballymena aren't in Irish Cup quarter-final action this weekend, which gives the club some breathing space in the search for a successor to Ferguson.

They hope to have a new manager in place before next Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership meeting with leaders Crusaders.

The double-chasing Crues face Carrick Rangers in the Irish Cup today, while Cliftonville host Linfield. The 2014 winners Glenavon are at home to Loughall and last season's runners-up Portadown play Lurgan Celtic.

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