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Glentoran return will be emotional, admits Nixon

 

By Graham Luney

Ards manager Colin Nixon says it will be an emotional occasion for him taking on Glentoran at the Oval today - as it always is.

It will be Nixon's first time back at the east Belfast ground, which he graced with such distinction as a player, since he turned down the opportunity to take charge of the club in April.

Since then two of his old team-mates Gary Smyth and Paul Leeman have joined Ronnie McFall's management team and while Ards have met the Glens already this season in Bangor, this afternoon's encounter is extra special because of the Oval factor.

The last time Ards played at the venue they won 2-1.

"It's well documented what happened last season and it is water under the bridge for me now and I wish Gary and Paul all the best. They are two great appointments for the club and I hope they can push on, just not on Saturday," Nixon told Cool FM's Bet McLean football show. "It's always emotional going back to the Oval. When you are at a club for 20 years, how could it be anything but?

"I have work that I want to do at Ards. I have lots of young players that I decided to stay loyal to and I want to watch them grow and improve them.

"The game is going to be difficult but we are up for the fight and hopefully we can get a result on Saturday."

One of Nixon's young stars is goalkeeper Sam Johnston. He has excelled this season, so much so that other clubs are keeping an eye on him.

"One thing I would never do is stand in anyone's way to be a better footballer or to improve themselves but Sam is very loyal and we have been very loyal to him," said Nixon.

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