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Pat McGibbon in frame to succeed Patterson at Oval

By Stuart McKinley

Published 19/10/2015

Glentoran are set to follow Linfield's lead by appointing an ex-Northern Ireland and Manchester United player as their new manager.

With David Healy now in charge at Windsor Park, Pat McGibbon, who also played for the Glens when they won the Irish League title in 2005, is the frontrunner to succeed Eddie Patterson.

Patterson was sacked on Saturday, despite overseeing a 2-0 home win over Carrick Rangers.

McGibbon leads the way because he holds the domestic and European licences that managers must be in possession of before they can take a job in the Danske Bank Premiership.

There are very few other local candidates with the necessary Uefa Pro Licence - a problem which led to an embarrassing situation for the Glens back in 2007 when they announced Roy Walker as manager, but he never took the job as he didn't have the badges he needed.

Meanwhile a legal wrangle could ensue as a result of Patterson's sacking. A severance deal was put to him by the club, which he branded 'unacceptable'.

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