Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

I’m at Glenavon for long haul, warns Quinn

Marty Quinn last night spelt out his desire to lead Glenavon to glory.

Not playing out the season among the teams fighting for the title and European places has been a hammer blow to Quinn, who expected to be at least in the top half of the table.

He has been successful in the past, leading Cliftonville to a surprise league title in 1998 before also upsetting the odds to land the Irish Cup with Coleraine in 2003.

Tonight he takes his Glenavon side to face the Bannsiders, knowing that victory will see them put the pressure on David Platt’s team in seventh position, with ten points currently separating the sides.

Having been in the job for 14 months, he is strangely one of the longest serving bosses at the club in recent times, and by the start of the new season he will have lasted longer than any of the last half a dozen men who have occupied the Mourneview Park dugout.

“The club has gone through a lot of managers over the last few years. I have told the players that they won’t go through this one as easily,” said Quinn (pictured).

“To say I am determined would be an understatement.

“There is a massive challenge at Glenavon and I am big enough to take it on.

“It would be great if we could win some silverware. As a manager that is the ultimate aim.

“I’m not being arrogant when I say it, but I’ve won silverware before at similar clubs and I want more.”

Defeat to Lisburn Distillery on Saturday has harmed Glenavon’s chances of overhauling Coleraine to be the ‘best of the rest’ in the Carling Premiership.

It’s a scenario that Quinn is already aiming to ensure won’t be repeated next season.

“Next season we want to be in the top six and then we’ll look to challenge,” said Quinn.

“We were top of the league for a while in October, but didn’t sustain it. I do see us as a top six team though and that will very much be what we’ll be targeting next season.

“We’ve been inconsistent at home and that’s something we will have to put right.”

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