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Portadown and Ballymena United in race to seal David Jeffrey deal

By Graham Luney

Published 07/03/2016

David Jeffrey
David Jeffrey

Portadown and Ballymena United look set to become embroiled in a tug of war to appoint David Jeffrey as manager.

The former Linfield supremo is mulling over an offer to take charge at the Sky Blues but now Portadown are set to move for the legendary boss who guided the Blues to a stunning 31 trophies over a 17-year period.

United view Jeffrey as the perfect choice to succeed another Linfield legend Glenn Ferguson but the 53-year-old may regard the Ports as offering him a better chance of satisfying his insatiable appetite for silverware.

Ports directors will meet tonight to ponder their next move but they will need to act quickly to snap up Jeffrey who could bring his former assistant at Linfield, Brian McLaughlin, with him to Shamrock Park.

The charismatic character, who began his playing career at Manchester United, has enjoyed his time away from the game after leaving the Linfield hotseat in 2014 but an intriguing challenge could reignite his managerial fire.

If Jeffrey rejects a Portadown move, the mid-Ulster side could turn to their former striker Matthew Tipton who is currently on Ballymena United's books.

Tipton would be a popular choice among the fans who would welcome a young coach with fresh ideas. The 35-year-old former Oldham and Macclesfield player is keen to pursue a career in management and the Ports post would appeal to him.

Belfast Telegraph

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