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Bailie ready to step aside for new Ards chief

Ards 0 Linfield 2

By Keith Bailie

Ards are hoping to announce a new manager tomorrow, with ex-player Marty McCann and former Glentoran captain Colin Nixon believed to be in contention.

It's understood the club will not speak with former Cliftonville boss Eddie Patterson, who was linked to the vacancy last week, while both McCann and Nixon were in the stands for Saturday's 2-0 defeat at the hands of Linfield at the Bangor Fuels Arena, where Jimmy Callacher scored twice for the Blues.

Former Derry City assistant manager McCann is a cult hero at Ards, having won both the County Antrim Shield and the League Cup with the club in the 1990s.

Although Newtownards native Nixon is closely associated with Glentoran, both his brother Darren and is uncle Billy are former Ards captains.

Current caretaker boss John Bailie confirmed he was not in contention to replace Niall Currie, as he does not possess the requisite A Licence, and explained: "I believe the next manager of Ards will inherit a team full of quality and commitment.

"I understand that this may be my last game in the dugout as the new manager, whoever he is, will probably want to bring in his own coaching staff.

"That's football. I understand that. I certainly won't fall out with anyone if that's how things pan out. However, I will have a conversation with the new manager about his future plans and we will take things from there."

On the pitch, Linfield recorded a straightforward 2-0 win with Callacher scoring from set pieces in both the 17th and the 44th minute.

First, a Niall Quinn corner kick picked him out at the back post, while his second came when Mark Haughey had nodded Kirk Millar's delivery back across the face of goal.

Blues chief David Healy said: "I'm pleased with the result. Ards are a difficult team to beat in Bangor and they made life very difficult for us today as they were very well organised.

"It wasn't our best display of the season but I would say we did a professional job. We had a lot of possession and we were very dangerous from set-pieces. It was an important three points."


ARDS: McAuley, Hall, Taylor, Friars, Ruddy, McAllister, McCullough (McComb, 82 mins), Cherry (Brennan, 69 mins), McMillen (Tommons), McKinney, Arthurs. Unused subs: McMullan, Liggett

LINFIELD: Deane, Haughey, Stafford (Casement, 46 mins), Callacher, Quinn, Ward, Lowry, Mulgrew, Millar (Clarke, 77 mins), Waterworth, Gaynor (Carson, 89 mins). Unused subs: Stewart, Burns

Referee: Steven Taylor (Ballyclare)


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