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Doherty is still pondering a bid to be full-time Stute manager

Institute interim boss Kevin Doherty
Institute interim boss Kevin Doherty

By Steven Beacom

Kevin Doherty has done a fantastic job as interim manager of Institute since taking over from Paddy McLaughlin.

Whether he decides to apply for the post full-time remains to be seen, but either way he is determined to finish the season on a high.

When McLaughlin became manager of Cliftonville in February, many felt the Brandywell-based club would drop like a stone.

After all, it was McLaughlin who had inspired Stute to the top flight and was behind their attractive style of play that has won so many admirers this term.

Doherty took the reins on a temporary basis and Institute performed just as impressively. They are in eighth place in the table, just behind Glentoran on goal difference, and will enter today's league game at Dungannon Swifts on the back of two successive wins.

Plus, Caoimhin Bonner, Ryan Morrow, Ronan Doherty and Stephen Curry, who all missed last week's win over Warrenpoint, are available from suspension.

With big names such as Barry Gray and Kenny Shiels linked to the Institute manager's job, Doherty must decide if he wants to throw his hat in the ring.

"I have a few personal things to sort out before I decide," he said.

"All I'm focusing on at the moment is trying to get seventh place and stabilising the club until the end of the season which I was asked to do."

For Dungannon this is their final home game of the campaign. In losing 2-1 to Glentoran last weekend, they suffered a blow in their ambitions to finish seventh and reach the European play-offs.

Kris Lindsay's side are now five points behind the Glens with four games left.

The Swifts boss is intent on winning their remaining matches to try and put pressure on the east Belfast side.

Even though Institute have no plans to play in Europe next season, Lindsay says, just like his own team, they will be keen to finish in seventh.

"Institute have had a good season and will want to end it strongly even if they aren't going into the European play-offs so it will be tough for us," said Lindsay.

"It's our final home match of the campaign and our aim will be to put on a strong performance and win the match."

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