Belfast Telegraph

Glentoran content to bide time and ensure they get the right man

By Graham Luney and David Mason

Glentoran's search for a new manager is not likely to end until the middle of next week after chairman Stephen Henderson confirmed that the interview process would continue over the weekend.

Alan Kernaghan left the club at the end of last month following the embarrassing 3-2 loss to Annagh United in the League Cup, and the Glens, who have slumped to 10th place in the Danske Bank Premiership, are determined to pick the right man to transform the club's fortunes.

If the east Belfast side decide to put their faith in a club legend then Colin Nixon, an A Licence holder, will become involved in the new coaching set up along with his brother Alan, who holds a Uefa Pro Licence.

Former Carrick Rangers boss Gary Haveron has also expressed an interest in the role along with striker Nacho Novo and former Dunbarton and St Mirren boss Ian Murray.

"We are still going through the interview process," said Henderson. "There will not be an announcement until probably the middle of next week. Second interviews will take place at the weekend and, if a suitable candidate emerges, we can then make an announcement.

"We have had applications from the Republic of Ireland and across Britain and our focus has been on drawing up a shortlist. It is a huge opportunity for someone to come in and accept an exciting challenge.

"Obviously, we had been hoping we would not be in this position but results and performances have been underwhelming to say the least. It is still early in the season, however, and there is a lot to play for. The club is determined to give the new manager all the support he needs to take the club forward."

Striker Curtis Allen believes the poor run of results are the consequence of the uncertainty hovering over the club as a new boss is still to be installed.

"It does to a certain extent," added Allen. "Obviously, it's difficult to not completely divorce yourself from what is going on at the club. Roy (Coyle) has come in and he's done a great job again. He had made it clear it's only for a temporary period. For the stability of the club and for the stability of the team we need a manager in place as soon as possible.

"The club's directors are obviously taking their time to get the right man for the job.

"But when a manager is appointed he will want to make his own stamp on things, so hopefully that can really help kick-start our season."

The Glens' last league win came against Portadown on August 20, and Director of Football Coyle will remain in charge for the trip to high-flying Ballymena United tomorrow.

Allen missed a large chunk of his team's misfortune due to suspension and illness, but he returned to action in the 1-0 County Antrim Shield win over Ballyclare Comrades at Dixon Park on Tuesday night and is now ready for lift-off.

"I had a really bad reaction to an abscess in my mouth," he said.

"I still have to have a little operation on the problem next month, just to make sure it doesn't return. I was in total pain for two weeks. It was a nightmare.

"It's been an awful start to the season for me personally. I was suspended for the first match and then missed quite a few games because of my mouth problem.

"Thankfully, I'm now over it. Things haven't been great at the club, so I can't wait to start scoring goals again."

• Portadown appeal hearing into a 12-point deduction and suspension from all football related activity will proceed on Monday, October 3 at 5:30pm.

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