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Ards offer Nixon new deal to remain at helm

By Steven Beacom

Colin Nixon has been offered a new two-year contract to stay on as manager of Ards.

The former Glentoran hero was appointed Ards boss in December 2016 and has made such a positive impression at the club that the board are determined to keep him.

Following the sacking of Gary Haveron from the Oval in February, Nixon was one of the names discussed in the Glentoran boardroom as a potential long-term replacement.

The 39-year-old is Glentoran's record appearance holder and viewed as a legend by the fans of the East Belfast outfit. He also has admirers among the directors for the sterling work he has done with Ards, though at this stage it appears Dungannon Swifts boss Rodney McAree is the favoured choice by the Oval board.

There was disappointment for the Glens on Monday when Ballymena United defeated Ballinamallard United 2-0 and pipped them to a top six place in the Danske Bank Premiership ahead of the split.

Ronnie McFall was appointed as boss until the end of the season and had an immediate impact, but defeat at home to David Jeffrey's Ballymena side last week has led to them playing the bottom-half sides in the table rather than the top half for the remainder of the season.

It is a major blow on the pitch and off it for the Glens, with important revenue being lost through gate receipts.

Ironically, given the managerial situation, Glentoran's next two fixtures are against McAree's Dungannon Swifts, who won the League Cup earlier in the season, and Nixon's Ards.

Nixon safeguarded his hometown club's top flight status last term and he has comfortably delivered again on that aim this time around, despite Ards playing all their home games in Bangor.

They are safe before the split and have shown improvements under the former defender, who has inspired his team to big victories at Linfield and Glentoran this season.

The Ards board believe Nixon can continue to take the club forward and are keen for him to sign the new deal on the table before the end of the season.

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