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Cliftonville silent after chiefs' meeting to decide future of manager Gray


Cliftonville's manager Barry Gray
Cliftonville's manager Barry Gray

By Steven Beacom

Cliftonville were remaining tight-lipped last night over the future of manager Barry Gray after a board meeting was held to discuss his position.

Gray has come under pressure after a desperate Christmas period for the Reds when they lost all four league games, and Saturday's 1-0 defeat at home to Dungannon Swifts saw them exit the Irish Cup.

Cliftonville supporters jeered the boss off the pitch following the fifth round reverse, which means the north Belfast club cannot win silverware this season.

Gray led the Solitude outfit to last term's Irish Cup final and into Europe and was hoping to build on that but it has been a disappointing campaign.

He admitted after the Dungannon match that some soul searching had to be done and that a large portion of supporters were against him but it is understood that yesterday he had no intention to resign and wanted to battle on and attempt to move the club forward.

Fans were expecting to hear news last night one way or another but none was forthcoming.

Cliftonville's next match is at home to bottom club Ards on Saturday and if Gray is still in charge then it wouldn't be a surprise if the board asked for fans to rally round the club and the manager.

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