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Darren Murphy waits as Glentoran ponder options



Comeback kid: Darren Murphy could return to the dugout

Comeback kid: Darren Murphy could return to the dugout

Comeback kid: Darren Murphy could return to the dugout

Darren Murphy remains the frontrunner for the Glentoran job but club chiefs weren't in a position to make an announcement last night.

Former Dungannon Swifts chief Murphy remains the favourite to land the role but the club's directors are determined to make the right call after a disappointing season which culminated in missing out on a European place.

A number of managers have been linked with the post in recent months, including Colin Nixon and Rodney McAree, who both turned down the role.

Former Rangers duo Nacho Novo and Bob Malcolm, ex-Northern Ireland skipper Steve Lomas and IFA Elite Performance Coach Murphy all held talks with the board.

Following Gary Haveron's dismissal in February, Ronnie McFall returned on an interim basis but now Murphy could return to management for the first time since leaving Swifts in 2015.

Meanwhile, the NI Football League has announced a new Premiership Academy Development League for the 2018/19 season. Premiership clubs will leave the NI Boys FA at U16 and U18 level, and form their own youth leagues under the NIFL banner.

NI Football League Managing Director Andrew Johnston said: "Through the new Academy League, we aim to create an environment that encourages youth development in our clubs through improved support and meaningful partnerships with all interested in youth football."

• Dergview defeated Queen's University 3-1 last night to win the Championship promotion/relegation play-off 4-1 on aggregate.

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