New Glentoran boss Alan Kernaghan's title surprise
New Glentoran manager Alan Kernaghan is determined to shake up the Danske Bank Premiership title race after being installed in The Oval hotseat.
Six years after they last won the league, Kernaghan's first aim is to turn the east-Belfast outfit into a side that can challenge for the Gibson Cup once again.
And he wants to do it THIS SEASON - despite taking over at a time when the Glens are lying sixth in the table, a massive 13 points adrift of champions and league leaders Crusaders.
He will get an early chance to eat into the Crues' advantage when the Glens travel to Seaview for his first match in charge on Saturday in what is a real baptism of fire for the new boss.
"My target is to be challenging for the title," said Kernaghan, whose appointment was confirmed by the club yesterday.
"We've got a bit of work to do with the gap we've got to the top, but I feel that if we take small steps we can do that before the end of the season."
With 23 games of the campaign to go and 69 points still to play for, the former Republic of Ireland international doesn't believe that his expectations are far-fetched.
"I feel that's a realistic target. I think winning it is maybe a step too far, but certainly to be up challenging, yes," he said.
Ex-Manchester City defender Kernaghan (pictured) has signed an 18-month deal at The Oval and he will start straight away in targeting players to bring to the club in January.
He is almost certain to go after a striker, with goals a priority for Kernaghan.
"We need to strengthen. We need one or two players, it would be wrong of me to specify where they are, but we certainly need one or two players in," he said.
Glentoran chairman Stephen Henderson added: "Alan brings a wealth of experience at the highest level of the game.
"We look forward to working with Alan as he guides our club to success on the pitch in the future. He has a hunger for success which matches our expectations."