Belfast Telegraph

David Jeffrey is a perfect fit for Portadown

In last week's column I wrote that if the Portadown board weren't going to make a decision on Ronnie McFall's future, it may have to come from the man himself.

That's what seems to have happened with the Ports coming out and saying Ronnie will now help with the search for his successor.

This newspaper revealed that former Linfield boss David Jeffrey would be McFall's first choice and that he would be interested in the post. It was intriguing that Big Davy confirmed that at the weekend. For me, Jeffrey and Portadown would be a good fit.

Right now, the Ports aren't functioning at all. Another defeat on Saturday, 4-0 at Coleraine, told you that the players simply aren't performing.

Be it at the end of the season or even before, Jeffrey is the type of guy who would go in and galvanise the dressing room. He has many qualities as manager and one of his strengths is to get a team going and ready to do what it takes to win football matches. He proved that at Linfield.

It's clear he wants to return to management but the truth is that his choices are limited because he would want to be at a club which fights for titles. He will never be manager of Glentoran. I can't see him being in charge of Cliftonville either. Crusaders are more than happy with Stephen Baxter and a return to the Blues, even in years to come, is highly unlikely.

So that leaves Portadown. In my opinion, having one legend replace another at Shamrock Park would be the way to go.

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