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Tommy Breslin: I'm flattered by Glentoran interest but job is not for me

By Steven Beacom

Former Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin has revealed that he is not interested in the vacant manager's job at Glentoran.

It is understood that Breslin, who famously led the Solitude outfit to back-to-back Irish League titles in 2013 and 2014, was the number one choice amongst some Glentoran board members to replace Alan Kernaghan, who resigned last week after an embarrassing League Cup defeat to Championship outfit Annagh United.

But while flattered by the interest from the Oval office, Breslin has declared that he does not have the desire or time to return to football at this stage, having left Solitude one year ago.

Asked about the links to the Glentoran post, Breslin, one of the most respected figures to have worked in the local game, stated: "I'm flattered. But nothing has changed for me.

"I left Cliftonville due to a specific set of circumstances in that the job takes up an awful lot of your life and those circumstances still prevail.

"I wouldn't have the time at this stage to devote to Glentoran, Cliftonville or whoever so really while flattered I have no interest in the position.

"At Cliftonville it really was a full-time job with a part-time title. Now I am bringing a bit of normality and taking control of my life and enjoying doing that.

"I wouldn't have the time commitments to devote to any football job at the moment."

The legendary Roy Coyle, who is Director of Football at Glentoran, has taken over as caretaker manager while the east Belfast outfit search for a new boss.

Unless the Glens find a new manager before the weekend, Coyle will take charge of the side on Saturday against one of his old clubs, Ards. The following week on September 17, the Glens will have their first home match since Kernaghan's departure, against champions Crusaders.

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