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McBride's Glenavon return is cut short

By Stuart McKinley

Published 22/09/2015

Glenavon are on the lookout for a new coach after Stephen McBride's decision to end his short spell on the training ground.

The former Lurgan Blues player and manager joined the coaching set up at Mourneview Park following the departure of Nigel Law in the summer, but a change in work patterns has forced him to give up the role.

Tonight's mid-Ulster derby clash at Shamrock Park will be McBride's last game as first-team coach.

McBride spent 11 years as a player with the Lurgan Blues from 1985 to 1996.

During his playing spell at the club, he won four Northern Ireland caps and formed a ruthless striking partnership, alongside Glenn Ferguson and Raymond McCoy.

He managed the club from the summer of 2008, but was sacked the following January.

After working with the squad during their pre-season programme, McBride agreed to coach the side, but work commitments have intervened.

"It's a big blow to us to lose Stevie's services," Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton told the club's website.

"Although he would have been ok for the Saturday games, Stevie, as is typical of the man who has Glenavon at heart, felt it wasn't right to stay on if he was not able to take training on a regular basis.

"Paul (Millar) and I have enjoyed working with him and the players have enjoyed and got a lot from his training sessions.

"He's an honest and trustworthy person who it's been a pleasure to work with and I'd like to thank him for his work over the short time he's been our coach."

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