Belfast Telegraph

Eddie Patterson set to fight Glentoran in row over pay-off after sacking

By David Mason

Glentoran may not have heard the last of Eddie Patterson.

Axed after their 2-0 win over Carrick Rangers at the Oval on Saturday, Patterson put his name on a new two-year contract following last season's Irish Cup final win - and unless the east Belfast club can come up with a suitable financial package, Patterson's sacking could well end up with legal implications.

"The club's initial pay-off figure is pittance - unacceptable," said Patterson, after Glens chairman Stephen Henderson relieved him of his duties. "I've a two-year contract, which I'll forward on to my solicitor and we'll take it from there."

Patterson was still addressing the waiting media, talking up Glentoran's first back to back wins of the season, unaware that the axe was about to fall, but later returned to add: "I've always been brought up know that this is a results based business. I was told the performances were not acceptable. I know there are quality players in that dressing room. Perhaps the new boss will come in and get them playing like Real Madrid - and be beaten every week.

"I'll take a wee break to recharge the batteries. We'll see what happens over the course of the next few months. I'm hurting and I'm shocked, but football is in my blood and, hopefully, this is not the end of Eddie Patterson in terms of management."

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