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Glenn Ferguson is ready to wield his axe in Ballymena United overhaul

Ballymena Utd 2 - Ballinamallard 1

By Billy Weir

Glenn Ferguson is sharpening his axe as he prepares to make sweeping changes over the summer to his under-performing Ballymena United side.

Despite a fifth win on the bounce thanks to goals from Neal Gawley and Eamon McAllister against Ballinamallard United on Saturday, a win that clinched seventh spot in the table, Ferguson is a man on a mission.

"Nothing has changed," reflected the Sky Blues boss.

"We got to a cup final and didn't win it, we got to two semi-finals and we've finished seventh in the league so we're in exactly the same position we were in last year so changes will have to be made.

"We have our mind made up on quite a few but we need to see what we can do about people coming in the door more so than going out the door first and it's not an easy task when you're trying to pay players £100 per week and others are paying £400.

"Brian McCaul and Gary McCutcheon have gone and Davy Munster is retiring next week, so some of the decisions will be easy, but we have to juggle to see who we keep.

"We're in this job to make decisions and, with all due respect, I don't really care who they are and I'm not afraid to make decisions."

The Mallards, who halved the deficit at The Showgrounds thanks to Cathal Beacom's late effort, will also have changes to make with captain Mark Stafford and David Kee likely to move to Linfield over the summer.

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