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Ballinamallard are flying after a U-turn from Anderson

By Stuart McKinley

Whitey Anderson has revealed that he considered quitting Ballinamallard United last season.

Now, after a chat with his chairman and having his hunger reignited, this smile is back on Anderson's face.

And who could blame him?

The Mallards are on a run of three wins and a draw in their last five league games, with a League Cup victory over Linfield along the way too.

That has been enough to win Anderson the Belleek Manager of the Month award for October, with tactics that have also been employed in England's Premier League helping him along.

"Back in March I had thought that was it for me. I have been at the club 23 or 24 years and been manager of the first team for the last nine and I thought that was long enough," said Anderson.

"I'm a driven person - I'd say all the managers in this league are otherwise they wouldn't be in their jobs - and after speaking to the chairman I got my drive back and I want to succeed at this club.

"Very quickly I was chasing players, that was before the season ended and although it maybe took longer than I would have liked to get everything together I am happy with the squad that I have.

"I am probably a little bit disappointed that we didn't hit the ground running and it took us until six or eight weeks into the season to really get going, but I always knew the talent was there and it was just a case of waiting for them to click."

That click came five weeks ago when the Mallards created history by beating Glentoran at The Oval for the first time.

There was disappointment that they only managed a draw at home to Crusaders and Anderson will take his team to face Glenavon this afternoon on the back of successive 3-0 wins, over Portadown and Warrenpoint Town.

It's not just their training regime that is helping the Mallards, it is what happens after their sessions that is having an impact.

"As far as what has changed over the last few weeks to spark the run that we have been on, there is nothing in particular, other than having a full squad available," said Anderson.

"Claudio Ranieri has bought pizzas for his players at Leicester City, but we've been a step ahead of him.

"We have pizzas for the players after training every Thursday, so maybe it's that."

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