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Haveron preparing to wield axe in summer shake-up at The Oval

By Adrian Rutherford

Gary Haveron has admitted Glentoran are facing a summer of change.

It has been a terrible season for the once-mighty East Belfast side, who currently sit ninth in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Tonight they will be aiming to avoid a third straight defeat against Carrick Rangers.

Haveron returns to his former club under mounting pressure.

And he has signalled that, once the campaign is done, big changes are afoot.

"We are continually making the same mistakes," he said. "We've shown faith in the same players but now it needs to change.

"We need a change of direction and we need to start looking towards next season.

"We still have games to play and we will try and get the best results we can, but the reality is that we are coming up short time and time again.

"There always was going to be changes in the summer.

"It's just a case of how many we're going to have to make to make us competitive, because we're currently not."

A poor season has hit new lows in the last week or so with a 3-0 loss at Ballinamallard and a last-gasp defeat against Dungannon.

After travelling to second bottom Carrick tonight, the Glens close out the campaign against Portadown and Ards.

While there is little at stake for his side, Haveron is not prepared to tolerate another sloppy performance.

"It's maybe an opportunity to have a look at some players," he added.

"We want to see performances and a reaction, but I wanted a reaction after last weekend against Ballinamallard.

"I got it for 45 minutes against Dungannon but it's not a 45 minute game we play - it's a 90 minute game. We capitulated at the end - our unwillingness to go the extra mile or even the extra yard. It cost us."

Carrick, who cannot catch the 10th-placed Mallards, still need another point to be sure of avoiding automatic relegation.

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