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Glentoran appoint Ronnie McFall as manager

By Gareth Hanna

Glentoran have confirmed the appointment of Ronnie McFall as manager.

The 72-year-old will take charge until the end of the season with Kieran Harding as his assistant.

A club statement said: "Our former manager Ronnie McFall has accepted the invitation to return to the position. Ronnie has vast experience in the local game and has enjoyed great success throughout his career. Ronnie will guide us until the end of the season at which time a decision on the future direction of the club will be announced. He will select his own backroom team and will be in charge for Saturday’s home match with Cliftonville.

"Ronnie previously enjoyed nine highly successful years at Glentoran as both player and manager. We know our support base will give Ronnie its full backing on his return to the Oval."

Read what McFall himself had to say in the link above.

McFall left Portadown in March 2016 after over 29 years in charge at Shamrock Park.

Before that, he led Glentoran from 1979 until 1984, winning the league title in 1981 and the Irish Cup in 1983. He initially took charge of the Glens on a player-manager basis after joining as a full-back in 1975.

He has enjoyed success wherever he has gone, helping Portadown to four Irish League titles and three Irish Cup successes among a total of 23 trophies he won at Shamrock Park.

McFall was sacked as manager of Glentoran 34 years ago in 1984 after a poor run of results and left Portadown after an Irish Cup quarter-final defeat at home to Championship side Lurgan Celtic.

McFall's first game in charge will be against Cliftonville at the Oval on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Dungannon boss Rodney McAree has been tipped as one of the names on the club's wanted-list when it comes to appointing a permanent boss during the summer.

Gary Haveron was sacked as manager of Glentoran after 17 months in charge.

The club currently sit sixth in the Danske Bank Premiership table, although only two points ahead of Ballymena United, who have three games in hand. The Glens also have an Irish Cup quarter-final at the Coleraine Showgrounds to look forward to next month.

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