Roy Coyle does not envy new Glentoran boss
Ballymena Utd 4 Glentoran 1
Roy Coyle has warned that Glentoran's new manager must hit the ground running in order to halt the malaise at the Oval.
Glens legend Colin Nixon is the firm favourite to land the top job this week and the club has confirmed the departures of assistant manager Tiernan Lynch and coach Seamus Lynch.
Coyle's third stint as caretaker boss will be over and Saturday's crushing defeat at Ballymena United may well be the final time the veteran manager steps into a dugout.
"In baseball it's three strikes and you're out and this is my third time so I don't know," said Coyle, trying to force a smile after an abject second half display in which the east Belfast side conceded four times.
"That (appointing a new manager) is up to the chairman and the board of directors of Glentoran - I do not make those decisions. Certainly if they ask my opinion I will give them it.
"Hopefully the person who comes in, whoever that person might be, will have the drive and determination to get the club turned around because it needs it very, very quickly.
"You cannot continue to get results such as have been coming this season.
"From the start of August until now Glentoran have had two wins and we're into October next week - that's unheard of.
"Glentoran are a very proud club, they've got a fantastic history - unfortunately that is in the past, it's all about what's going to happen now. Nobody knows what the future holds, it's what the players do now. They are the ones who are going to have to turn it round and very quickly.
"Every game is vital, a massive, massive challenge and these guys have got to do their utmost to turn it around.
"It's not just today letting soft goals in - it has been our Achilles heel since the start of the season. You cannot win games if you continually concede and have to score two goals at least.
"I've had many lows in my life but this today is up there in the top 10 - there's no doubt about that. It's as low as I can feel," added Coyle.
Curtis Allen's opener looked to have given the ailing Glens a much-needed boost, but they simply crumbled in the second half as Ballymena romped to victory thanks to goals from Allan Jenkins, Willie Faulkner and a brace of penalties from Tony Kane.
Remarkably, they were the midfielder's sixth and seventh successful conversions from the spot already this season and Kane hopes there's more to come both from him and resurgent Ballymena, who are scaling the dizzy heights of third position in the Danske Bank Premiership.
"I'll gladly step up and take them - I'm confident I'm going to score," said the 29-year-old.
"It has gone on from last year. Allan Jenkins missed one and I was put onto penalties and scored against Cliftonville near the end of the season.
"My first penalty this season was the winner at Ballinamallard and they seem to be coming every week at the minute.
"A lot of the credit has to go to boys like Johnny McMurray and Cathair Friel - they are flying down the wings and cutting inside and players are bringing them down.
"David (Jeffrey) has us working well together and everybody is buying into that. There's great competition for places. You're always looking behind your back and it pushes you on that wee bit further.
"We will look and see how many points we can get on the board between now and Christmas but we're a lot harder to beat now."
Ballymena United: Blayney, Ervin, Owens, Loughran, Wallace, T Kane, Thompson, Jenkins, Faulkner, Friel, McMurray (McCloskey, 78 mins). Unused subs: Glendinning, Flynn, E Kane, Millar.
Glentoran: Morris, McAuley, Addis, Ferrin, Redman (Kane, 69 mins), Gordon (Caldwell, 69 mins), Harmon, Foley, Lavery (Novo, 76 mins), Smith, Allen. Unused subs: D Nelson, Leu.
Referee: Steven Taylor (Belfast)
Man of the match: Cathair Friel
Match rating: 8/10