‘Commit 100% or face transfer’ - Ards

Published Tuesday, 28 January 2014
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After an emergency meeting of the Ards FC board, the premiership basement side has thrown its full support behind manager Niall Currie – and demanded that the players do the same.

‘Commit 100% or face transfer’ - Ards
Ards FC manager Niall Currie. (© Presseye)

The board met to discuss the run of poor results chalked up by Ards, which includes seven defeats and three draws in their last 10 encounters.

Ards currently trail at the bottom of the premiership table, eight points behind their nearest opponents Warrenpoint Town, having taken just 15 points from 27 games.

But the board has reached the consensus that the disappointing situation can be put down to factors including the injury list and the team having actually reached the top flight a year ahead of schedule.

"In addition to the board's conclusion, the chairman has met with all of the players to seek their dedication and total support for Niall Currie and the football club," a club statement said.

Players who cannot make this commitment will be offered transfers. Like our supporters, it has been stressed that all the board seek is 100% effort.

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According to the board, previous injuries hampering the team have included James Cully, David Armstrong, Kyle McDowell, Ryan Moffatt, Mark McClelland and Andy Mitchell.

Meanwhile, Ryan Henderson, Neil Dougan and Greg Hall are currently out through injury.

"This has resulted in an unsettled team and a lack of depth in the squad," the statement added.

The board decided to make finances available to Currie to bring "at least" two new players to the club - given that the newly created second team is still "finding its feet" and that Steven Gordon is heading back to Glentoran and Ryan Moffatt is off on loan to Loughgall.

"Adam Rodgers, a left back from Loughgall is the first of these and hopefully at least one other signing can be made," the club confirmed.

The club later announced the signing of former Donegal Celtic midfielder Conor Downey.

The 31-year-old experienced midfielder, who has previously played for Ballymena United, Linfield and Distillery has also had three spells with Cliftonville, joins the club until the end of the season.

Currie, a former Ards player, has been manager of the side since three months into the 2011/12 season - leading them to a Championship 1 title.

His contract will keep him with Ards until 2016.

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Andrew Lutton in Portadown. wrote (80 days ago):
An excellent young manager given time will turn this club into a force in Irish League Football
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