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My time was up, insists Garth Scates after departing Bangor hotseat

By Steven Beacom

Published 10/10/2016

Garth Scates says his time at Bangor was up
Garth Scates says his time at Bangor was up

Bangor management duo Garth Scates and Jeff Montgomery have left the club.

The pair resigned after Saturday's 4-1 defeat to Limavady United in the Premier Intermediate league.

It ends a roller coaster reign for Scates, who almost led the Seasiders into the top flight of the Irish League.

The former Linfield star did a fine job for the north Down side, at times under extremely difficult circumstances.

He said: "My time with Bangor is up.

"I hope to return to management in the future but for now I have decided to depart Bangor."

Scates, previously an inspirational captain for the club, took charge in the 2012-2013 season, leading the team to safety when relegation from Championship 1 looked a certainty.

The following campaign Bangor claimed the Intermediate Cup and almost won the title.

Bizarrely, had they clinched the crown they could not have been promoted as a top flight license had not been applied for.

Last season Scates, who also led the Seasiders to a County Antrim Shield final, couldn't believe it when informed that the Clandeboye Road side had failed to successfully complete their Championship Licence application before the closing deadline.

That meant they were automatically relegated from Championship One to the newly-introduced Premier Intermediate League. They currently lie fifth in the division.

Scates is highly respected in local football circles from his time with the Blues as well as Glenavon and Ballymena United.

Expect clubs to be interested in securing his services given that he has suggested that he is keen to return to management.

Belfast Telegraph

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