Alan McDonald’s reign as Glentoran manager is over — less than a year after he led the club to the Premiership title.
The former Northern Ireland captain, who took over in May 2007, informed chairman Aubry Ralph of his desire to step down last night and an official announcement from the club is expected within the next 24 hours.
His decision came in the wake of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Dungannon Swifts — the Glens second in a row and eighth in the league this season.
It is understood that Scott Young will now be installed as manager until the end of the season and he will get a baptism of fire, in an Irish Cup quarter-final against Belfast rivals Linfield at the Oval this Saturday.
He will also lead the Oval men into the Co-operative Insurance Cup final against Coleraine at the end of the month.
The departure of McDonald means that two of the last three Glentoran managers have failed to complete the season immediately after becoming champions.
Roy Coyle too lasted less than 12 months after his team won the league in 2005.
McDonald’s position has been under threat since a 6-0 hammering by Coleraine at the Oval in November, but he had turned things around and before Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Portadown the Glens were top of the Carling Premiership table.