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Haveron will revive Glens, says Caldwell

By Graham Luney

Published 07/10/2016

Warning: Ciaran Caldwell says Glens stars are playing for their future
Warning: Ciaran Caldwell says Glens stars are playing for their future

Gary Haveron wasn't able to start his Glentoran reign with a fairytale result against the old enemy Linfield, but Ciaran Caldwell says his new boss will revive the club's fortunes.

Linfield needed an 88th-minute winner from Glentoran old boy Jimmy Callacher to claim the bragging rights in last weekend's Big Two showdown, but the home side came close to snatching a point after a spirited second-half showing.

A lack of passion has been a disappointing feature of Glentoran performances this season, but former Carrick Rangers boss Haveron has warned his men they must up their work-rate.

The Glens have won only two of their 10 Premiership battles this season, but a victory at home to Ballinamallard United tomorrow would see them move level on points with the Mallards.

Caldwell is confident that under Haveron's guidance the players will turn the tide and get the club moving in the right direction.

"Gary has come in and given the club a lift," said the former Cliftonville ace. "Hard work is the minimum of what he expects and there is an expectation that this club should be competitive and win matches. For much of the season we haven't been doing that.

"But Gary has made a positive impact on the team, he has spoken to players individually and in groups. I feel he's the right man for the job, a modern coach who is hungry and ambitious.

"He wants the team to play in a short and sharp way and it's important we bring what we are learning in training into matches. I don't believe Alan Kernaghan or his coaching methods were to blame for the poor start. Maybe the players were in a bit of a comfort zone and found it hard to stop the rot. Gary coming in has given us a bit of momentum and it's clear the players have been under-performing because there is a lot of quality in the squad.

"The players must take responsibility for that. In short, the players are playing for their future. I know we are in 10th position at the moment but this club should be aiming towards a place in the top four."

• Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey has claimed the Manager of the Month award for September from the Northern Ireland football writers.

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