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What presents will Irish League managers get this Christmas?

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With Steven Beacom

Just four sleeps until Santa comes. I wonder what Mr Claus will bring to managers in the Irish League?

For those not so merry men in the bottom six of the table, I fear some might get the sack anyway, so sending Father Christmas down their chimneys would be a touch insensitive. Instead we'll focus on the good boys who deserve presents for guiding their sides into the top half of the Danske Bank Premier.

So, ho, ho, ho and here we go. This is what you'll find under the tree lads.

Tommy Breslin (Cliftonville): A DVD of a champion year with a bonus feature of Liam Boyce's crazy goal celebrations. Deleted scenes include the second half of the Irish Cup final with Glentoran.

Stephen Baxter (Crusaders): A date and venue for the County Antrim Shield final with Linfield. Mind you, even Santa may have trouble with that one.

Gary Hamilton (Glenavon): A razor. No one should have a bigger beard than Santa at this time of year. Failing that a goal of the season trophy for his magical strike against Dungannon. Gary's still got it.

Eddie Patterson (Glentoran): All his players signing agreements to say no more will join Linfield... and a few quid to ease the club's neverending financial burden... a few million quid that is.

David Jeffrey (Linfield): A recording contract.

Ronnie McFall (Portadown): A kiss and a big warm make up hug from Kevin Braniff in front of a roaring fire as they tuck into mince pies and mulled wine. Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane can have the same. It is Christmas after all.

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