Belfast Telegraph

Ports' status secure

Despite a boardroom struggle, Portadown’s place in the Carling Premiership is NOT in doubt, Irish FA sources insisted last night.

The Ports are still|without a new board in place at Shamrock Park, after chairman and Roy McMahon and No2 David Jameson resigned earlier this summer.

A move to appoint|locally-based Turkish-born businessman Yalcin Cubuk as chairman stalled at a club emergency general meeting on Friday night.

The prospect of|attracting sizeable|overseas investment, and even a nursery club link to top Turkish side Galatasaray, failed to sway enough shareholders into backing the wealthy sheepskin rug manufacturer’s ambitious plans.

There were immediate fears the instability could see the Ports fall foul of stringent new IFA ‘health checks’ with regard to how clubs are now run and structured.

However, the spectre of Portadown losing their top-flight status for a second time in three years through failing to meet IFA criteria have been allayed.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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