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Our new manager will be a winner says Glens chairman

By Steven Beacom

Published 05/11/2015

Frontrunner: Kenny Shiels
Frontrunner: Kenny Shiels

Glentoran chairman Stephen Henderson has insisted the new manager at The Oval will bring a 'winning mentality' to the club.

The east Belfast side are currently in the middle of the interview process to appoint the successor to Eddie Patterson and hope to make an announcement next week.

With H&W Welders boss Gary Smyth and ex-Northern Ireland ace Pat McGibbon now out of the running, former Kilmarnock, Coleraine and Ballymena manager Kenny Shiels is the favourite to take over and make a stunning return to the Irish League.

Last month there was some surprise when the Glens sacked Patterson, who won two Irish Cups for the club, but Glens chairman Henderson says the dismissal was down to a lack of progress in the league.

And he added that they intend to appoint someone who can move the Glens forward.

"We have no right to win trophies, but we can expect to challenge. Eddie did well to win two Irish Cups but in recent seasons our league position has gone from fourth to fifth to sixth and we were sitting seventh when we parted company with Eddie," said Henderson.

"That is not progress. We are taking our time in appointing a manager because we want someone with a winning mentality who can galvanise the dressing room, develop our talented youngsters and who has good contacts to bring quality players.

"We believe we can get the right man to move us forward.

"People talk about finances when Eddie was in charge but we have posted two years of trading profit and this season substantially increased the manager's playing budget, yet didn't see progress."

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