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Ports hunting for boss after axing Currie

By Graham Luney

Portadown have kicked off their search for a new manager after parting company with Niall Currie.

Currie was axed for the first time in his managerial career after a difficult 14-month spell in charge at Shamrock Park.

First-team coach Trevor Williamson will take control of first team affairs as Currie's long-time assistant Jay Willis, coach John Bailie and goalkeeping coach Lee Wilson have also left the club.

Portadown chairman Ronnie Stinson, who informed the former Ards boss of the club's decision following a scoreless draw with Harland and Wolff Welders on Saturday, and his board of directors will ponder their next move, still believing that a promotion place can be secured this season.

Former Portadown favourite Richard Clarke, who stepped down as Dergview boss at the end of January, is taking a break from the game and will not be one of the candidates for the role.

Currie, who left Ards for the Ports just before Christmas 2016, said he was "gutted" to leave the Ports, adding: "I didn't step down. I have never quit in my life."

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