Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

I'd love Collins at Bann: Quinn

Marty Quinn last night revealed that he would love another opportunity to manage controversial midfielder Michael Collins.

The Coleraine boss had Collins as a linchpin in his Cliftonville team that won the Irish League title back in 1998.

And despite the pair not always seeing eye to eye, he is a player that Quinn great admires.

Collins won't be in the Portadown team that travels to the Bannsiders this afternoon though as he serves the first game of what could be a lengthy suspension after being sent-off against Newry City last Saturday, which was followed by him pushing referee Alan Black on his way off the pitch.

"Michael Collins tried me like no other player," said Quinn.

"He was only a kid really when I had him at Cliftonville and a cheeky one at that.

"We got on well though and we've been through a lot together in our time.

"Michael is someone that I have a lot of time for and I would still love to work with him in my squad.

" There is no doubting his ability as a footballer, he just has a little streak in him and a tendency to boil over at times.

"It is something that we tried to manage at Cliftonville, but you can't take the competitive edge away from a player like that otherwise you risk losing everything."

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