Belfast Telegraph

Jeffrey looks to future as Ports see off his Sky Blues

By Billy Weir

The season may have ended for Ballymena United on Saturday but for David Jeffrey, the hard work is just getting under way.

Saturday's dismal display against Portadown, whose win thanks to goals from Ken Oman and Matty Parker secured their Premiership place, was the low point of the new boss' reign and was the final curtain for a number of players.

David Cushley is joining Crusaders and Jonny Frazer will return to Linfield but there are sure to be many comings and goings over the summer as Jeffrey pushes on with the next stage of his plans for the club.

"We've been carrying on an ongoing assessment and we have to look to see what players we retain and what areas we need to strengthen. That process has already started," he said.

"We've got to sit down and make hard decisions, but that will be pretty sharpish and the first team is the priority."

And that is the same for opposite number Pat McGibbon, who began his full-time role as Ports' boss with a win but with their punishment for off-field misdemeanours kicking in, his task will be all the tougher. "It's going to be difficult and we understand that and, in all honesty if I had taken over as manager in January, then the futures of some of the lads would have been different," he said.

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