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Currie the ideal man to lead Ports back to the top flight: Henderson

By Alex Mills

Midfielder Niall Henderson believes Portadown have the right man at the helm in manager Niall Currie to make the club a force again.

Having diced with danger for many weeks, the Ports' relegation to the Championship was confirmed following defeat to Ards this week.

The County Armagh boys were deducted a massive 18 points at the beginning of the season - the legacy of irregular payments and registration matters - a knockout blow that they failed to recover from.

Currie was brought in to replace former striker and fans' favourite, Dubliner Vinny Arkins, in December in a bid to rescue the club from spiralling downwards, but the damage was already done.

But Henderson, who joined the club from Glentoran, insists the club can rise again.

"We've the best man in the job to lead us back up again," he said.

"Niall knows what it takes to get a side out of the Championship. He's a born and bred Portadown man, he has the club's best interests at heart. He's not afraid to put his faith in youth. He's proved that by naming quite a few teenagers in the team.

"To be honest, the days of Portadown forking out daft money for players are over."

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