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Glentoran ready to complete swoop for Oval legend Nixon after McAree snub

By Keith Bailie

Colin Nixon is on the brink of taking the Glentoran job.

The man who made 792 appearances for the East Belfast side is currently in discussions with the club's chairman Stephen Henderson about taking the vacant managerial role at The Oval.

Following Saturday's Premiership game between Ards and Glentoran at the Bangor Fuels Arena, Henderson asked his counterpart at Ards Brian Adams for permission to speak with Nixon.

There seems little doubt that Nixon and Henderson will come to an agreement, leaving Ards without a manager and giving Nixon the opportunity to manage his beloved Glentoran.

Dungannon Swifts boss Rodney McAree had been widely tipped to take The Oval post, but the League Cup winning manager opted to sign a new three-year deal with the Stangmore Park, clearing a path for Nixon's return to The Oval.

Nixon still has a decision to make. There is also the offer of a two-year deal on the table from his current club Ards, however, the Newtownards club now expect to lose the man that helped them avoid relegation in each of the last two seasons.

Following Saturday's game at the Bangor Fuels Arena, Nixon said, “I do expect to hold talks with Glentoran in the coming the days,” confirmed Nixon (below).

“I have not spoken to Glentoran yet, but the Glens have made an official approach to Ards and it would be remiss of me not to speak to them. I spent many years at The Oval and it’s a club that means a lot to me.

“I have an offer from Ards of a new deal on the table and I’m really enjoying myself at Ards, so I have a lot to think about. There’s a lot to talk about and a lot to think about.”

Ards chairman Adams said: “We have made a two-year offer to our manager Colin Nixon and that offer stands.

“After today’s match, we were approached by Glentoran for permission to speak to Colin. We expect those discussions to take place in the near future.”

The east Belfast outfit will attempt to assure Nixon that he has always been their number one target, even though Swifts boss McAree was approached by the club. McAree, who guided the Swifts to this year’s BetMcLean League Cup, signed a new three-year deal with Dungannon on Saturday morning.

On Saturday, Glentoran - managed by interim boss Ronnie McFall - defeated Nixon's Ards 4-1 at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

The Red & Blues grabbed the lead in the 49th minute Kyle Cherry smashed home, but two Dylan Davidson penalties gave Glentoran the lead.

Goals from Jonny Addis and Curtis Allen gave the scoreline some gloss for the Glens.

ARDS: Hogg, L Kelly, Byers, McAleenan, Glendinning, Mitchell (McIlmail, 70 mins), J Kelly, Cherry (Tommons, 75 mins), Frazer, McLellan (McKenna, 67 mins), Stewart. Unused subs: Hanley, Ruddy.

Glentoran: Morris, Kerr, Addis, Birney, Redman, McMahon, Kane (Davidson, 33 mins), Kelly (Nelson, 70 mins), O'Hanlon, McDaid, Allen. Unused subs: D Nelson, Ferrin, McCaul

Referee: Jamie Robinson

Man of the match: Dylan Davidson

Match rating: 6/10

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