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Portadown crisis deepens as manager McGibbon quits

By Jim Gracey

Crisis club Portadown have been left reeling by another body blow as manager Pat McGibbon sensationally quit last night after only five months in the job.

The departure of the former Manchester United and Northern Ireland defender will pile further pressure on Portadown's beleaguered board, themselves facing calls to step down amid the greatest mess in the club's 92 year history.

McGibbon's departure is now almost certain to spark protests at tonight's home game against Coleraine over the situation the once high riding club now finds itself in... managerless and facing costly relegation from the Danske Bank Premiership over player payment irregularities that led to a 12 point deduction and stinging criticism from the Irish FA following a failed appeal in midweek.

Lack of assurances from the board with regard to the future are believed to have been the last straw for McGibbon who said in a parting statement, following a meeting with the board, last night: "I believe the time is right to step away. As a former player both at youth team and first team level I am devastated to see the current state of the club.

"Recent events have had a demoralising effect on players, management and supporters alike."

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