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Elliott Morris: Gary Smyth and Paul Leeman are perfect choice for Glentoran

By Graham Luney

Elliott Morris believes Gary Smyth and Paul Leeman can write a new glorious chapter in Glentoran's history.

The Glens legends are considering an offer to take charge at the club following Eddie Patterson's dismissal on Saturday.

H&W Welders boss Smyth and Leeman don't possess a Uefa Pro Licence but the club will look to bring someone into the fold who does to work alongside the duo.

Keeper Morris said he would be "astonished" if his former team-mates declined to take the reigns at The Oval and he backed them to transform the club's fortunes.

"Smicker (Gary Smyth) would be an excellent manager for us," said Morris. "I know him very well and he doesn't take nonsense from anyone.

"You wouldn't mess with him! It's straight down the line with Gary and he would be like that as a manager. He's a nice guy but can be hard and tough when he needs to be.

"You always have respect for someone like that who will be honest with you. His record as a player speaks for itself and he's also proving to be an excellent manager at H&W Welders.

"I also think it's a natural step for Paul (Leeman). Although he is very busy with work commitments this is a job that will whet his appetite. Paul has turned down playing offers from top clubs but a coaching role at Glentoran should capture his interest.

"These boys love the club and I know how talented they are. I've no doubt they can help Glentoran be successful. There are plenty of quality players in the dressing room it's just a question of how you manage that.

"Gary and Paul know the Irish League and they know the players and what it takes to win. They would not let anyone down. If they turned down an offer to join the club I would be astonished."

Morris knows there will be huge interest in the Glentoran vacancy.

"I've already spoken to a few diehard Glentoran fans and legends of the club who would be prepared to take on the reins so there's no shortage of people willing to help out," he said.

"I think it's an even bigger job than when Roy Coyle took over. That's because it's a rebuilding task as the team hopes to be fighting for league titles and attractive the type of player that can help us do that.

"I must also thank Eddie for the Irish Cup successes as a lot of the boys won their first medals in those two great victories."

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