Belfast Telegraph

Confident Roy Coyle says bright future is in store

By Graham Luney

Roy Coyle says he has a "gut feeling" that Alan Kernaghan is going to be a big hit at Glentoran.

Kernaghan has never played or managed in the Irish League in his career and he admits he has a lot to learn about the local game but his extensive experience as a coach and desire to taste success impress Glentoran's Director of Football.

Coyle, who scooped up 31 trophies in a glittering Irish League managerial career, is now hoping the new kid on the block at The Oval can make cherished memories of his own.

"I have a gut feeling Alan will do well and we all have to start somewhere as managers," said Coyle.

"When I started in 1975 I didn't know how good a manager I would be but I do have that gut feeling that Alan will succeed."

Ironically, Coyle quit as Glens boss in 2006 - the same year Kernaghan left Dundee and, other than a caretaker role at Brentford, this is his first number one role since then.

Glentoran's most successful and longest serving boss admits it's difficult to know whether managers will thrive or wilt under pressure. He said: "I don't think anyone sitting on a selection panel choosing a manager can know whether a manager will be successful.

"I knew about his playing career but the one thing I detected was his hunger. He speaks well and knows the game."

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