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Chairman Hugh Wade denies Coleraine boss David Platt is feeling heat

The alarm bells are ringing in the north-west with Coleraine yet to win a league game — or find the net — after three outings but chairman Hugh Wade says he’s not reaching for the panic button.

Manager David Platt has lost his goal machine Rory Patterson while Sammy Morrow is being strongly linked with a move to Tranmere Rovers.

Stephen Dooley and Tommy McCallion have also left the Bannsiders while Aaron Black is suspended for their next clash — a daunting assignment at Windsor Park against Linfield tomorrow night. Wade, who looked on as Coleraine were handed a Co-operative Insurance Cup second round tussle with Glebe Rangers, has every faith that Platt and his troops will blow away the gathering storm clouds around the Showgrounds.

“David (Platt) will be given time to get it right,” said Wade. “He knows what he has to do and he is under no pressure.

“If we had lost three games in the middle of the season it wouldn’t appear as bad as losing your opening three. That bad start is highlighted and it does give you concern.

“David was very down when I spoke to him on Saturday night, he was very disappointed but he believes he can lift the players again.

“Everyone is still united. It was very difficult on Saturday (against Crusaders) because we were down to 10 men after six minutes.

“Your gameplan then goes out the window.

“It’s been a disappointing start and we all want to get a win under our belts. I don’t know what the problem is, it’s just disappointing coming off the back of last season when we played so well.

“Although we finished seventh in the league, we played some good football. I just don’t know what’s wrong.”

Morrow’s trial at Tranmere has also had a negative impact at Coleraine as the player’s mind has not been fully focused on the Bannsiders’ plight.

“We are waiting to hear from Tranmere where Sammy has been on trial,” added the chairman.

“The player will be back tomorrow (Thursday) and available to play against Linfield but we need to know one way or the other what is happening and what Tranmere’s plans are.”

Co-operative Insurance Cup second round draw (to be played on Saturday, September 18): Queen's University v Glentoran; Armagh City v Lisburn Distillery; Larne v Cliftonville; Carrick Rangers v Bangor; Loughgall v Ballyclare Comrades; Tobermore United v Donegal Celtic; Glenavon v Portstewart; Newry City v H&W Welders; Banbridge Town v Ballymena United; Linfield v Killymoon Rangers; Warrenpoint v Crusaders; Glebe Rangers v Coleraine; Ards v Moyola Park; Sport & Leisure v Institute; Knockbreda v Portadown; Dergview v Dungannon Swifts.

Belfast Telegraph