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Glentoran to make big push to net Gary Smyth and Paul Leeman after Eddie Patterson sacking

By Graham Luney

Glentoran are closing in on their managerial dream team of Gary Smyth and Paul Leeman.

Glens chiefs held talks with H&W Welders boss Smyth and Leeman yesterday and both men are considering taking charge at the club where they became legends. Eddie Patterson was sacked as Glens supremo on Saturday and the Oval board immediately set their sights on former Glentoran team-mates Smyth and Leeman.

Neither men possess a Uefa Pro Licence but the club will look to make another appointment to meet that requirement - possibly boyhood Glentoran fan and Motherwell assistant boss Stephen Craigan.

Smyth, whose Welders side knocked Glentoran out of the County Antrim Shield after a penalty shoot-out last month, said last night: "I'm flattered to be linked with the Glentoran job but I'm also happy at the Welders and enjoying management at that level. No decisions have been taken."

Leeman, who is hoping to carve out a coaching career upon his retirement as a player, is also understood to be giving careful consideration to an approach from Glentoran.

Meanwhile, Portadown sources have dismissed speculation that their long-serving boss Ronnie McFall is on the brink of stepping down.

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