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Glentoran boss Young not afraid to wield the axe

By Chris Holt

Scott Young says he will stick by his promise to axe his under perfoming players after their disappointing display in being dumped out of the Irish Cup by rivals Linfield on Saturday.

The Glens will play Institute tomorrow night at The Oval in a rearranged fixture (7.45pm) and after being severely let down, the newly appointed boss has even vowed to throw inexperienced youngsters into the fray to replace those who he feels aren’t up to the task.

He has also admitted that he doesn’t even think he has the players at his disposal to help him retain the league title Glentoran won last season.

“I don’t think I do,” he said. “But I will be trying my damdest. You have asked me for the truth and that’s the truth of the matter.

“The club needs wholesale changes. For better or for worse I’ll call it as it is and that’s the way I see it.

“I have eight weeks and if it carries on like this they won’t be in the team.

“If it means putting young players in then so be it.”

Linfield won the battle on Saturday and it was that hunger and passion that Young felt is currently the difference between the rival teams..

“They aren’t hungry enough. I won championships but I never retained it,” he said.

“It’s very difficult to retain a title. There are players who can win championships at Glentoran or Linfield or the odd season somebody else, but it takes big, big players to retain titles and I know that my opposite number (David Jeffrey) has that.

“In my opinion, and this isn’t being disrespectful, he has average players, who he has dying for that jersey and it makes a big difference. He isn’t daft. He identifies a player he knows he can work on and build a bit of the mental toughness side of things but you have to have it.”

On his own players, Young rapped: “I don’t question the players’ attitude or their ability but I question their mental toughness to play at this football club.

“I told them exactly how I see things on the bigger scale.

“I can be only be honest and I don’t give a monkeys what people think or what players think.”

The Glens were 2-0 down at half time and Young admits he felt they could still claw their way back into the game. He didn’t however believe, in hindsight, that the players had that belief.

“Me, personally? Yes, I felt we were still in it. I don’t know if the players felt it.

“The stats don’t lie. Have you seen Glentoran playing good football this season? Have you seen people dying for that badge? Have you seen people throwing themselves into boots?”

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