Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor fully expects Eddie Patterson to lead the Solitude side into the 2010-11 season — despite being in the frame to succeed Alan McDonald as manager of Glentoran.
And Lawlor believes that Patterson will stay because remaining at the Reds is every bit as attractive as bossing the Glens.
Patterson took Cliftonville to the top of the Carling Premiership a couple of weeks ago and they could return there tonight with a win at home to Lisburn Distillery.
Victory and anything less than three points for Linfield at home to Portadown will take the Reds to the summit and then it will be a test of mettle for the Solitude men, who have struggled to sustain a stay at the top when they have been there in recent weeks.
“Eddie is very important to where we are going and he has bought into the vision that we have for the future of the club,” said Lawlor.
“I have every faith in Eddie’s credibility and that he will remain at the club.
“I can understand people moving on to bigger and better things and I would never stand in the way of anyone who wants to move on to something bigger and better.
“As far as I am concerned nothing is bigger or better than what is going on at Cliftonville at the minute.
“It is nice that Eddie is being mentioned with other jobs. It means he must be doing a good job.”
The Reds will be without their man of the moment Liam Boyce this evening. The teenage striker, who is attracting interest from a number of English clubs, is on duty with the Northern Ireland under-21s in San Marino.