Glentoran fans must get real says ex-boss Scott Young
Scott Young has pleaded with Glentoran fans not to expect instant success when a new manager is appointed at The Oval.
Pat McGibbon has emerged as the new favourite for the Glens post after H&W Welders boss Gary Smyth chose to stay at the Championship One side.
Former Manchester United and Northern Ireland defender McGibbon, who was part of Glentoran's title-winning side in 2005, was beaten to the top job by Eddie Patterson in 2012 but he holds a Uefa Pro Licence and is in the mix again.
Young, who guided the Glens to League Cup and the County Antrim Shield success before resigning in January 2012, wants the Oval faithful to show patience when Patterson's successor is selected.
"I think there needs to be a realisation that Glentoran are not the club that they were 10 years ago and it's not realistic to expect them to challenge for the league title again, not for a few years yet," said former Glens midfielder Young.
"The debt situation is well documented and the club's financial muscle has been reduced while prize money from Uefa has increased and that has benefited clubs like Crusaders, Linfield and Cliftonville.
"The money was nowhere near that substantial when I was manager at Glentoran and every penny counts in this game.
"Glentoran is a different football club from the one we were brought up with and were proud to support.
"Eddie (Patterson) did an unbelievably good job in difficult circumstances and I've considerable sympathy for him.
"I wish the new manager all the luck in the world but no one should expect instant success.
"The fans should be supportive and patient. Whoever gets the job I just hope there's a realisation from everyone, including the fans, that Glentoran are not the club it was a decade ago."
Glentoran legend Paul Leeman has also been linked with a coaching role at the club he always supported but, like Smyth, he doesn't possess the requisite licence and is unlikely to accept any offer to rejoin the club.
Smyth's decision not to join Glentoran is expected to lead to a contract extension offer at the Welders.
McGibbon was manager of Newry City for 16 months before stepping down from the post in July, 2012.
McGibbon was appointed first-team coach by Dungannon Swifts three months after his spell at Newry.
Young added: "Pat is someone who talks sense and the job would not faze him in the slightest.
"He knows the club well from his playing days and I'm sure the job would interest him."
Former Glens and Crusaders defender Leeman grew up beside The Oval and would be a popular appointment if he joined the coaching staff.
In his 15 years at the club, Leeman played 597 games and he captained the side to Irish League and cup titles.
Young, blaming financial cutbacks, released the defender in a shock move in 2011.
"My decision to let Paul leave Glentoran was the hardest thing I had to do in football," he added.
"I would love him to come back to the club as he's a massive Glenman and knows the club inside out. He was born and brought up beside the club and always supported them.
"Paul helped the club achieve title success but it is in a different place now and perhaps a new mindset is needed."