Eddie Patterson 'hopeful' of new deal with Glentoran
Eddie Patterson says he's "hopeful" of agreeing a two-year extension to his contract at Glentoran but he needs reassurances from the board that his coaching staff will be treated in a "fair and respectful manner".
The Glens boss, who has one year remaining on his current deal, has indicated that he is eager to continue his work at The Oval but he wants his backroom staff to be rewarded for their contribution over an astonishing three-year period which has seen the east-Belfast club lift the Irish Cup on two occasions.
"Talks are ongoing and I remain hopeful and optimistic a deal will be done because the club know I want to stay," said Patterson, whose side defeated Portadown 1-0 in the Irish Cup decider at The Oval last weekend.
"But what I am saying is that if my coaching team is sorted, I'm sorted.
"This is a team effort and we are where we are, playing the football we want to play because of the skills the coaches bring.
"I want to sign a two-year extension safe in the knowledge that credit is also given to my coaching team because the players are improving as a result of the coaching they are given. The sooner this contract can be agreed, we can focus on strengthening the team."
Patterson is thrilled to learn of Stephen McAlorum's new two-year deal but he added: "I would have liked Stephen to have signed some time ago but now it's agreed, it's another step in the right direction."
Calum Birney has attracted significant interest from Crusaders but Patterson hopes the centre-back will stay at The Oval.
"Calum is considering his options and we are hoping he will stay with us," he added.
"He knows we want him to remain a Glentoran player."
McAlorum is expected to be appointed the club's new captain as goalkeeper Elliott Morris is keen to pass the responsibility on to an outfield player.
A SPECIAL fundraising game in aid of the Northern Ireland Hospice will kick off at The Oval tomorrow (1.30pm).
Glentoran and Derry City legends will take to the pitch to help raise cash for the Hospice in memory of the late Mandy Glendinning, who sadly passed away just over a year ago. Mandy was the wife of Mark Glendinning and the proud mother of Linfield stars Ross and Reece.
Entrance is free but supporters are encouraged to donate to the collection buckets.
Mark Magennis has left H&W Welders and signed a two-year deal with Ballymena United. The midfielder was a Steel and Sons cup winner with the club in 2011.