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Alan Kernaghan prepares to step into the Glentoran hotseat

By Stuart McKinley

Published 09/11/2015

Alan Kernaghan
Alan Kernaghan

Glentoran's search for a new manager is over.

The east-Belfast club are about to confirm former Republic of Ireland international defender Alan Kernaghan as their new boss, three weeks after they sacked Eddie Patterson.

Since Patterson's departure the Glens have seen two former players, first Gary Smyth and then Pat McGibbon, pull out of the race to be the new boss at The Oval.

Kenny Shiels then emerged as a contender but Derry City moved in to snap up the former Ballymena United, Coleraine and Kilmarnock boss before Glentoran could appoint him.

Kernaghan had declared his interest in the job shortly after Patterson left the club and he will now be handed the reins.

The 48-year-old will take over a team that is in a run of good form. They are unbeaten in the last six games and sit comfortably in the top six of the Danske Bank Premiership.

It is set to be a baptism of fire for the ex-Middlesborough and Manchester City player as his first game in charge will be a trip to champions and league leaders Crusaders this weekend.

But Kernaghan is well used to the spotlight. Although brought up in Bangor, his English-born background excluded him from Northern Ireland selection under 1980s IFA policy, allowing the Republic to step in and make him part of their 1994 USA World Cup finals team.

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