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Controversial Colin O'Neill wants Glentoran job

By Steven Beacom

Published 02/09/2016

Candidate: Aaron Callaghan wants to speak to Glentoran chiefs
Candidate: Aaron Callaghan wants to speak to Glentoran chiefs

Former Northern Ireland midfielder Colin O'Neill has revealed that he wants to become the new Glentoran manager.

And he plans to bring former Motherwell team-mate Stevie Kirk with him to the Oval if successful in his bid to land the job.

Ex-Crusaders boss Aaron Callaghan has also thrown his hat in the ring to replace Alan Kernaghan, who resigned after Tuesday night's embarrassing 3-2 defeat to Annagh United in the League Cup.

It is understood that Tommy Breslin, who led Cliftonville to back-to-back Irish League titles before leaving the Solitude outfit, is the chief target for the Glens, but O'Neill and Callaghan are keen to speak to the Oval board in an attempt to outline their visions for the east Belfast club.

O'Neill caused controversy last season when he criticised the standard of the Irish League and the style of play of champions Crusaders.

O'Neill, who won three caps for Northern Ireland, said: "I am really interested in the vacant Glentoran job and would love to talk to the board about the position. Glentoran is one of the biggest clubs in the land and I would relish the opportunity to bring the fans success.

"It is well known that I was critical of some elements of the Irish League last season, but I hope that wouldn't hold me back in having discussions with Glentoran. I'm deadly serious about this, so much so that I have spoken to my former Motherwell team-mate Stevie Kirk, who used to manage East Fife, about going for it as a partnership.

"I have my own philosophies about football management and would be determined to play what I would see as the Glentoran way - attractive football which could win trophies."

There have been suggestions that some potential candidates would be put off by the legendary Roy Coyle in the Director of Football role. Not O'Neill.

"I worked with Roy when I played at Ards and would love the opportunity to work with him again," said O'Neill.

Callaghan is also keen to meet with the Glentoran board. His most recent managerial positions were with Bohemians and UCD and he is well known in Irish League circles for a successful spell as captain of Crusaders before taking charge of the Seaview side for a year in the late 90s.

"Being manager of Glentoran is a big job and one I would be interested in," said Callaghan.

"I would welcome an opportunity to have an interview for the post and to tell the board about plans to put structures in place to help make the first team successful and to benefit the youth structure. I would bring 35 years of valuable football experience and a winning mentality plus total commitment."

Among others linked with the vacant role include former Oval heroes Colin Nixon and Gary Smyth, former Carrick Rangers boss Gary Haveron and current Glens striker Nacho Novo.

Belfast Telegraph

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