Belfast Telegraph

Portadown chairman Roy McMahon quits but 'club in good hands'

By Alex Mills

Ailing Portadown face another crisis as chairman Roy McMahon is to step down from the post. Having succeeded Paul Hunniford in the mid-1990s, McMahon was at the helm when the Ports lifted the league title in 1996. The Irish Cup also arrived at Shamrock Park on two occasions under his watch.

Times have changed for the Ports, who appear destined for the Championship at the end of the current campaign. The Premiership's basement side currently trail 11th-placed Carrick Rangers by 11 points with only seven games remaining.

But the club's fall from grace hasn't happened overnight. Just over 12 months ago, long-serving manager Ronnie McFall - he was almost 30 years in the job - departed following an embarrassing 3-2 Irish Cup quarter-final defeat by Lurgan Celtic.

"I have complete faith that the club will be in good hands, on and off the pitch," said McMahon. "After over 20 years as chairman it is time for a fresh start. It is a decision I have made because there is fresh blood in place ready to take the club forward. I have confidence in the directors and also the new people set to come on board.

"I also want to place on record my faith in Niall Currie as manager. It was an honour to serve this club for so many years and I will, of course, continue to support Portadown as a fan."

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