Pat McGibbon out of Glentoran manager race with Kenny Shiels top of Oval list
Pat McGibbon is out of the race to become the next Glentoran manager.
The former Northern Ireland international was the early favourite for the job, following the sacking of Eddie Patterson two and a half weeks ago.
McGibbon, who was part of the Glens' league title winning squad 10 years ago, won't, however, be filling Patterson's shoes.
McGibbon, who was interviewed previously before Patterson was appointed in the spring of 2012, formally applied for the job again this time, but it is understood that he has now withdrawn his application after the club failed to return his telephone calls.
The path now seems clear for Kenny Shiels to take the job, with an appointment expected to be made before Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership game away to Ballymena United.
Shiels has spoken to club officials about the vacant post, but as yet he hasn't been offered the job.
The one issue that has to be sorted out before an appointment is made is the make up of the back-room team, as three members of Patterson's staff remain under contract at The Oval.
Former Newry City and Lurgan Celtic boss McGibbon could still make a return to management in the near future.
He has applied for the vacant post at Derry City with Shiels, ironically, also believed to be a candidate to take the Brandywell job.