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Lisburn Distillery will get no help from Ferguson

By Stuart McKinley

John Cunningham isn’t anticipating a favour from Glenn Ferguson as he tries to guide Lisburn Distillery to Premiership safety.

That’s despite Ferguson spending the first half of the season alongside Cunningham in the New Grosvenor dugout.

Ferguson left Ballyskeagh just before the turn of the year and has since guided Ballymena United to a guaranteed seventh place finish in the table.

In contrast, the Whites enter today’s final day battle with the Sky Blues needing a victory in order to have any chance of avoiding a promotion/relegation play-off against Championship runners-up Newry City.

“I wouldn’t expect any favours from Glenn,” said Cunningham.

“He’s a true professional and he’ll be focused on getting on with his job as manager of Ballymena United.

“If I was in the same boat I’d be doing exactly the same thing.

“Ballymena aren’t only the form team in the bottom six, they are the form team in the league and my players have to be ready for the challenge of facing a team that is on a good run of form.”

Cunningham was thrown in at the deep end back in November when Tommy Wright took up the offer to join St Johnstone as assistant manager to Steve Lomas.

Then, after Ferguson departed to Ballymena, Cunningham lost a second assistant when Stephen Robinson was forced to step down after becoming Northern Ireland under-21 manager.

“It’s been a really tough season. As well as losing experience on the pitch, we’ve also lost it on the bench,” said Cunningham.

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