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The gloves are off as rookie boss Gary Hamilton sets about ridding Glenavon of the losing mentality which threatened to see them relegated in recent seasons.
Hamilton made his position crystal clear after witnessing another near demise, only surviving in the Carling Premiership thanks to Distillery’s defeat to Ballymena United.
Glenavon were sitting pretty at 2-0 up thanks to two goals from Linfield loan star Brian McCaul, but Terry Fitzpatrick’s wickedly deflected effort and Emmet Friars’ strike three minutes into injury-time — which atoned for an earlier penalty miss by the towering defender — had the teams all square.
The outcome prompted Hamilton to concede: “There was a losing mentality when I arrived. It was perhaps the biggest thing I noticed.
“Now my job is to get rid of that. In fact, my job only starts here. I want to put together a squad, my squad on which I can be judged.
“I’ll be sitting down this week with the board and chairman to talk budgets then meet the players on Tuesday week to talk contracts.
“I had hoped to have done all this before now but couldn’t because of the situation we were in. We succeeded in staying up, now we must look to next season.”