Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Robinson joins scramble for Glenavon job

Glenavon chairman Adrian Teer last night revealed that the club will pick their new manager from a 'high quality' list of candidates.

And one of those in the running to succeed Marty Quinn as Mourneview Park boss is former Northern Ireland international Stephen Robinson.

The ex-Tottenham Hotspur, Bournemouth and Luton Town player is currently employed by the Irish FA as a County coach and assistant manager to the under-19 international team.

It is understood that the seven-times capped former midfielder has applied for the job, with Paul Kirk, Eddie Patterson, John Gregg, Graham McConnell, Glenn Ferguson and Gary Hamilton also keen to take the reigns at the Lurgan Blues, as is current caretaker boss Pat McAllister; due to be in the dugout for today's meeting with Carrick Rangers.

"The board will meet next week to consider the applications," said Teer.

"In the meantime Pat McAllister will be in charge for the next two games, on Saturday against Carrick Rangers and next Tuesday's Mid Ulster Cup match against Lurgan Celtic.

"I suppose he has been given the opportunity to prove himself and show that he is capable of doing the job long-term.

"There are others who have applied who don't need to prove themselves.

"There have been a good number of applications, but as for specific numbers or names, certain individuals have asked for confidentiality to be observed and we have to respect that.

"There is a good quality of applicant. Some very high quality names and I don't think that we would need to look outside those who have applied. That is only a personal opinion. The board may feel differently."

While Teer is hopeful of making a swift appointment, the club will take their time if needs be in order to ensure that they appoint the best manager available to aid their fight against relegation.