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IFA scupper Grattan appointment

Jim Grattan
Jim Grattan works full-time for the Irish Football Association

Ballymena United look certain to have to look for another new manager as Jim Grattan's appointment is set to be prevented by his Irish FA commitments.

Grattan was appointed to the job on Monday but the IFA believes he would be unable to combine his child welfare role with the Irish League position.

BBC Sport understands that the IFA contends that the duties of the child welfare post are set to expand.

Grattan is expected to discuss the issue with the Irish FA on Wednesday.

However, it looks certain that his appointment as Ballymena boss is going to be one of the shortest managerial tenures in Irish League history.

Grattan was promoted to the Ballymena job on Monday after serving as Tommy Wright's assistant for three years.

He had already appointed Jeff Montgomery as his number two with David Dorian becoming first-team coach.

Kenny Shiels had to quit as Larne boss two years ago because he was working full-time for the Irish FA.

While Shiels was an IFA development officer, Grattan was believed to be hopeful that his child welfare role didn't constitute a conflict of interest.

However, this doesn't appear to be the view of the IFA.

Lisburn Distillery boss Paul Kirk also gave up an IFA job a couple of seasons ago because he wanted to remain in charge at Ballyskeagh.




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