Newry City manager Pat McGibbon says he has a clear vision of where he wants the club to go after committing to The Showgrounds side, despite their relegation to Championship 1.
City haven’t won a match this calendar year and were finally put out of their misery yesterday as Glenavon scored three goals in the final 10 minutes and run out easy winners in the end.
McGibbon had promised a clear out, even before Chris Lavery’s brace and strikes from Diarmuid O’Carroll and Mark Miskimmin condemned the border men.
Lavery tapped in on the quarter hour to put the Lurgan Blues in front and after John Convery, Jamie Duffy and Marty Havern had all gone agonisingly close for Newry, Glenavon hit them on the break to give the scoreline a flattering look.
O’Carroll slotted into the bottom left hand corner before Lavery smashed home his second and Glenavon’s third after a good run and then sub Miskimmin put the icing on the cake in injury time with the fourth.
“The problem is that our Reserve team is bottom of the league, our Youth team is bottom of the league, so fundamentally there is something wrong here,” admitted McGibbon.
“What we need to do is to restructure. I’ve spoken to the Chairman, I know what we need to do. They say about ‘good managers’, but what does a good manager need? Good players.
“I’ve big enough shoulders to take the criticism, but what I can’t take is people not taking the blame for what has gone on before, because the first thing you have to remember is that these are not my players.
“Come Thursday night, a lot of them will know that. I want to take this on and what we need to do now is to address the issue of getting players in and out.
“It’s going to be more difficult because it will be a reduced budget but I think in terms of stability, the most important thing for Newry City is too look round and see the potential there is and start pushing on. It might take a while, but so be it.
“For too long, the club has brought in lads who are journeymen at the end of their careers and have come down here with no real pride in what they do.
“That’s not all of them, because there are lads in there that I know, week in, week out will not let me down.
“I want three or four experienced lads who will be my leaders on the pitch. And I want young, impressionable lads who will listen to me as opposed to forming their own opinions.
“I want to make sure there is a structure here, a structure which means there will be sustainability in terms of bringing players through.”
Newry City: Coleman, King, Black, Munster, McDonnell, P McCann, McCallion, Ferguson (Graham 76), M McCann (Havern 55), Convery, Murray (Duffy 55). Subs not used: Alderdice, Hagan
Glenavon: Jennings, Shannon, Neill, Magee, Harpur, Molloy (Costello 87), O’Carroll (Miskimmin 87), Haughey, Turkington, Lavery, Hamilton (Harper 89). Subs not used: Grant, King
Referee: Raymond Hetherington (Belfast)