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No room for fear factor: Hamilton

By Stuart McKinley

Glentoran striker Gary Hamilton has claimed that the days of the old-fashioned football manager ruling with an iron fist are over - and the new bright young bosses are the way forward.

The Northern Ireland international has cited 35-year-old Newry City manager Gerry Flynn as the reason behind the border club's recent rise in fortunes and believes that the fact that Flynn only hung up his boots last season puts him in the prime position to deal with the modern day player.

City travel to the Oval today on the back of a superb run of results that has seen them move to fourth place, just a point behind the table-topping Glens and Hamilton has been impressed by what Flynn has achieved so far.

"Gerry has moved up to management very well and I think that's because he knows how to work with players in this day and age," said Hamilton.

"No disrespect, but I think managers like Roy Coyle, who ruled with a fear factor, have had their day. These days players probably have too much say in things and have to be dealt with in a different way than in the past.

"You can't just shout at players and expect them to do it for you - football's not like that anymore.

"We've seen a couple of young managers come in now and have done well. We've got Alan McDonald who isn't that long out of the game; Eddie Patterson isn't that old and now Gerry has come through.

"He knows what it is like to be a player, he will have known the concerns of the players from last season and made the right changes to fix it and they are reaping the benefits."

Hamilton also believes that Flynn has made the right acquisitions, too.

"He has brought in players who have a hunger to succeed," he added.

"Sean Friars didn't have a very good time towards the end at Cliftonville so he wanted to prove a point. Emmett Friars has done well too.

" I know Sean from my time in the under-21s and I know he is a great player. He's the type of player who sometimes needs an arm around his shoulder and again Gerry knows that and deals with it.

"As well as him, Cullen Feeney didn't have the best of times last year at Glentoran because he wasn't able to get to training too often, but he is at a club closer to home now.

"Stephen Garrett has been scoring a lot of goals for them too.

" He wants to show that he can play at this level and get the chance to push for a place in the Linfield team.

" I'm not surprised that Newry are doing well with all that taken into consideration and they are going to come to the Oval in good confidence.

"We are top of the league and it is up to other teams to knock us off. We know we are going to have to be on top of our game, but I am looking forward to it."

Hamilton, who has been away with the Northern Ireland squad for the past ten days, added: "It was good to be away with the squad, but after not playing for a while I can't wait to get on the pitch.

"Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love playing and if we get the ball down and play the way we can then hopefully we will get the right result."

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