Belfast Telegraph

Show me respect, says Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson

By Steven Beacom

Irish Cup winning manager Eddie Patterson has told the Glentoran board he wants to stay and turn the club into title challengers, but only if he is given the respect he believes he deserves.

Patterson has been a massive hit at The Oval, leading the debt-ridden east Belfast outfit to two Irish Cups in three years.

The financial problems at the club have been well documented. Clearly the Glens boss feels there are other troubling issues at the club and wants them addressed in a meeting with the board this week.

Patterson, whose side defeated Portadown 1-0 in Saturday's controversial Cup final, would not go into detail, but did say: "I've already made it clear to the board that I want to stay and my backroom staff want to stay but the way myself and my coaching staff are treated has to change.

"I have one year left on my contract. But there is no point in me staying unless things can't be thrashed out in terms of how we've been treated."

Patterson would also like funds to make new signings and keep existing players. It is understood the board will hand him some of the £170,000 they'll make from their Cup final win.

"We could be challenging for the title within two years if we put everything in place that is required," said Patterson.

Patterson, who took charge of the Glens in 2012, added: “Moving forward with Glentoran is what I want to do. The aim next season would be to qualify for Europe again which could bring in more funds and then the season after we could go again and really drive towards making a title challenge. I genuinely believe that is possible if we invest in the team properly.

“I can’t go talking to players until I know what money is available. It’s in the club’s interests and my interests to get this done and dusted as quickly as possible. We want to stay and see this job through. The players feel the same way. We want to keep the same group and add some experience to it to take the club to the next level.”

Having had time to reflect on his side’s success on Saturday, two years on from another memorable Irish Cup final victory over his old team Cliftonville, Patterson, who would welcome an extension to his current contract, said: “It was an incredible achievement from the players considering the last time we won the Irish Cup in 2013 after the final we lost most of the great experience we had in that team due to finances. We built a new side and this squad have shown character and class to win the Cup for the club again.”

After the final, Ports boss Ronnie McFall raged at match officials for failing to spot Michael Gault being brought down by William Garrett when clean through on goal. The mid-Ulster men also had a strong claim for a penalty.

Patterson said: “Having looked at TV replays the decision with Michael Gault could have gone against us and I understand Ronnie’s gripe. I would say though that on the day Gault and Robbie Garrett could have been sent off for them. Over a season decisions go for you and against you and you do need the rub of the green sometimes.”

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