Ronnie McFall: Europe's longest-serving boss resigns after 29 years

Ronnie McFall has quit after almost 30 years as Portadown manager
McFall was made an MBE in the 2008 New Year Honours

The reign of European football's longest-serving manager has come to an end after 29 years.

Ronnie McFall, 69, was set to leave Portadown at the end of the season but resigned after his side's shock Irish Cup defeat by Lurgan Celtic.

He was appointed in December 1986 - six weeks after Sir Alex Ferguson joined Manchester United.

McFall won four league titles among more than 20 trophies during his time in charge at his hometown club.

He became the manager with the longest tenure in Europe after Ferguson left Old Trafford in 2013. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has now taken the record.

Arsene Wenger

McFall led Portadown to their first ever league title in 1990, with further successes coming in 1991, 1996 and 2002.

McFall's assistant Kieran Harding is also leaving the club after a difficult campaign which has seen the Ports slip to seventh in the league table.

It led to the club announcing in November that it was initiating a process to find a successor to McFall.

Portadown confirmed McFall's resignation and said its board would meet early next week "to discuss developments".

McFall brought unprecedented silverware to Shamrock Park
McFall brought unprecedented silverware to Shamrock Park
Ronnie McFall celebrates winning the 2005 Irish Cup with Portadown striker Vinny Arkins
Ronnie McFall celebrates winning the 2005 Irish Cup with Portadown striker Vinny Arkins

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