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'He's not going anywhere': Dungannon determined to keep Kris Lindsay amid Glentoran links

Dungannon Swifts manager Kris Lindsay
Dungannon Swifts manager Kris Lindsay
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Dungannon Swifts will not stand by and watch young manager Kris Lindsay leave for Glentoran.

A report in Tuesday's Sun claimed that the group behind a takeover bid at the Glens has identified 35-year-old Lindsay as the ideal man to take the reins.

Current Glens boss Mick McDermott is understood to prefer a director of football role at the Oval, leaving a vacancy as manager.

Lindsay, who also works for the Irish FA, has impressed in his two-year coaching career so far, lauded by players for his work with the Glenavon first team before being handed the top job at Stangmore Park in September.

Shortly before Lindsay's switch to Dungannon, Glenavon full-back James Singleton pinpointed his 'top class' coaching sessions as a reason "Glenavon are doing so well".

After a sticky start to the season under Rod McAree, winning none of their first seven Premiership matches, Lindsay has led the Swifts up the table and into a challenge for the final Europa League play-off place. They currently sit two places and two points behind seventh-placed Glentoran with two games remaining.

The current Glens assistant manager is Paul Millar, who is a director of the East (NO1) Ltd company hoping to complete the club takeover. Millar, of course, has close links with Lindsay, having worked alongside the former Linfield defender for over six years at Glenavon.

"The first I heard of all this was when my phone started buzzing this morning," Dungannon chairman Keith Boyd told the Belfast Telegraph. "I was not aware of it and Kris was not aware of it. He is under contract at Dungannon Swifts and he's not going anywhere."

Another name linked with the Glentoran job is current Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton, who would renew his links with his former assistant Millar should he return to the club with whom he won the league as a player.

Any discussions of changes at Glentoran, of course, are dependent on the takeover, being led by wealthy businessman Ali Shams Mohammad Pour, being ratified by shareholders.

Should the move be given the go-ahead, an investment of £1.2m is expected to be made in the club.

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