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Matthew Tipton’s popularity was no use to him in a results business

Stuart McKinley


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Over and out: Matthew Tipton has left Portadown in a ’mutual parting of ways’. Credit: David Maginnis

Over and out: Matthew Tipton has left Portadown in a ’mutual parting of ways’. Credit: David Maginnis

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Over and out: Matthew Tipton has left Portadown in a ’mutual parting of ways’. Credit: David Maginnis

Matthew Tipton will be the first to admit that football is a results business. He said as much in a number of post-match conversations we had, but despite only two league wins this season — both away to Warrenpoint Town — before Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Dungannon Swifts there had been no indication of restlessness.

His relationship with the board who appointed him as Niall Currie’s successor in March 2018, after being overlooked twice, first when Ronnie McFall walked away from Portadown in March 2016 and then again when Pat McGibbon quit later the same year, was as tight as any manager in the league had with his employers.


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