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McFall's comeback not a huge shock, says old friend Jeffrey

Reunited: David Jeffrey and Ronnie McFall will meet again
Reunited: David Jeffrey and Ronnie McFall will meet again

By Graham Luney

Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey says he's not hugely surprised at his old pal Ronnie McFall's decision to come out of retirement and help Glentoran until the end of the season.

McFall, who quit as Portadown boss in March 2016 after nearly 30 years in charge at Shamrock Park, agreed to return to The Oval where he once steered the Glens to a league title in 1981.

The east Belfast side sacked Gary Haveron, bringing his 17-month reign to an end last week, and McFall made a winning start by masterminding a 1-0 home win over Cliftonville.

Former Linfield supremo Jeffrey is looking forward to meeting his old rival McFall on the touchline again when the sides meet on Friday, March 23 at The Oval.

"I was and I wasn't surprised by Ronnie's return," said Jeffrey, whose side lost 3-1 at Crusaders on Saturday. "We have been great friends for a long time, and in one way I am surprised because I wasn't sure he would come back but, then again, given his love for the game, I'm not surprised.

"It will be nice to meet up with him again on the touchlines."

Conor McCloskey will be available for selection again as United prepare to tackle Ards tonight.

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"The Ards game is massive for us," he added. "The last time we were there they had a 1-0 victory. Games between the teams have been tight."

If United lose tonight and Dungannon Swifts win at Carrick Rangers, Rodney McAree's side will go level on points with the Braidmen.

Carrick are only four points ahead of Ballinamallard United at the basement but can still avoid a play-off place if they can climb over Warrenpoint Town, who are seven points ahead.

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