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Portadown call Wednesday press conference after Matthew Tipton leaves Warrenpoint

 

Matthew Tipton has left Warrenpoint and appears set to take up the hotseat at Portadown.

The former Portadown striker, who helped Point to the Championship title in his first full season in management last term, confirmed after Tuesday's defeat to Glentoran that he would hold talks with his old club. Portadown have since confirmed they will hold a press conference at 5.30pm on Wednesday to unveil the club's new manager.

Warrenpoint confirmed on Wednesday morning that Tipton has left the club.

Point chairman Connaire McGreevy said: “After a conversation with Matthew last night we have parted ways by mutual consent.

“Warrenpoint Town is a club in transition and the positive moves forward continue on and off the pitch. We have appointed UEFA A coach Stephen McDonnell, a former international player and player of Warrenpoint, Celtic and Dundalk as interim manager until the end of the season."

Tipton, of course, played for Portadown for one and a half seasons, from January 2011 until his 2012 move to Linfield. He netted 24 league goals in his only full season at Shamrock Park.

On his backroom team at Warrenpoint were former Portadown keeper David Miskelly and Portadown man Chris Wright.

"Portadown made an official approach to speak to me," he confirmed. "The chairman has invited me to go and speak with them. Warrenpoint were aware before me, Portadown contacted them on Monday afternoon while I was coaching at a school and I got a call from the chairman to say they had been in touch and I said I'd be interested to hear what they have to say. I'll meet with them and see if they still want me."

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Matthew Tipton celebrates scoring for Portadown in the 2011 Co-operative Insurance Cup Final. Photo: Mark Pearce / Presseye

Following his side’s 5-0 defeat at The Oval on Tuesday evening, Tipton added: “Obviously that result has disappointed me, it was a disaster and I’m not happy.

“A performance like that would not help either way. I’ve a job to do for one club, one way or the other. I will have to see what (Portadown) say and take it from there.”

Former Ports boss Niall Currie parted company with the club after Saturday's 0-0 draw with Harland and Wolff Welders. Portadown are currently fifth in the Championship table, seven points off a play-off place but third-placed Welders have a game in hand.

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