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Ronnie McFall: We can give Glentoran fans something to shout about this season

Ronnie McFall has spoken for the first time since taking charge of Glentoran.

As was reported in this morning's Belfast Telegraph, the 72-year-old has ended his retirement from management to take charge at the Oval until the end of the current season.

While the former Portadown boss said he took some time to consider the decision, he told Jim Gracey that he is confident he can help to restore some cheer to the supporters before the end of the current campaign.

“I've agreed to come in and help Glentoran until the end of the season," he said. "Kieran Harding, my former assistant at Portadown, has agreed to join me at The Oval.

“Glentoran asked me to come in and help the club and after giving it some thought I felt it was the right decision to come out of retirement.

“The club's chairman and board of directors will look at the future of the club and who they would like to take charge. While that happens I will work very hard to help the club finish the season strongly.

“I am not setting any specific targets but clearly we want to secure top six football and keep performing well in the Irish Cup.

“The fixtures are tough but I am relishing the challenge. I am not in a position to strengthen the squad with new players but I have watched the team and am confident the players can give the fans something to shout about this season.

“I obviously know my nephew Ross Redman and Peter McMahon from Portadown and worked with Curtis Allen in an Under-23 team. Other players aren't so familiar to me but I'm excited about this new role I have been given and I am very much up for the challenge at a club I have tremendous respect and affection for.”

When it comes to appointing a permanent successor to Gary Haveron, it is thought that League Cup-winning Dungannon Swifts manager is amongst the front-runners for the job.

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