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Thursday, 24 October, 2002, 12:31 GMT 13:31 UK
Kirk not leaving just yet
Kirk had originally hoped he would be able to remain in charge at Ballyskeagh
Paul Kirk led Lisburn Distillery to promotion last season
Lisburn Distillery are not letting their departing boss Paul Kirk go until the last moment.

Although it is believed that Kirk's assistant Ronnie Cromie has been offered the manager's job, the Whites' board have insisted that he fulfils his four weeks notice.

Kirk was recently appointed regional manager of the IFA's coaching set-up last month, a role which requires him to relinquish his post.

He had hoped to finish this weekend when the Whites welcome champions and Premierhsip league leaders Portadown to Ballyskeagh.


I thought now was the right time to move on
Paul Kirk

However, the Distillery invoked a clause in Kirk's contract which stated that he must serve a period of notice before leaving, which keeps him in charge for another two weeks.

Distillery officials had hoped to convince the IFA to allow Kirk to continue managing the side, but without success.

''It's a pity, as I thought now was the right time to move on and allow somebody else pick up the reins,'' said Kirk.

''There a little bit of indecision and apathy in the changing rooms at present with players not knowing whether I'm going or staying.

''I didn't want any excuse from the players with results, so I thought now was the best time to move on.

''However, the chairman and the rest of the board decided that I should complete four weeks notice.''

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