Belfast Telegraph

Gary Haveron sacked as manager of Glentoran

By Gareth Hanna

Gary Haveron has been sacked by Glentoran.

Haveron's final game in charge was a 2-1 defeat to Ards at the Oval on Saturday. That was the second time Colin Nixon's side have taken all three points from the ground this season.

The Glens currently sit sixth in the Danske Bank Premiership table, although seventh placed Ballymena are two points behind with three games in hand.

This season also brought a defeat to Carrick Rangers although the highlight of the campaign so far was a Boxing Day victory over Big Two rivals Linfield. The Glens are also still in this season's Irish Cup, facing a visit to Coleraine in the quarter-final.

Fans of the club voiced their displeasure after Friday's defeat.

Glentoran will tomorrow make an announcement on their managerial structure for the remainder of the season.

A club statement read: "Glentoran FC wishes to announce that Team Manager Gary Haveron has left the club.

"Since his appointment, Gary has shown unrelenting enthusiasm and commitment to the role and to securing a positive future for Glentoran. His work rate never wavered and he has been an outstanding ambassador for the club. We thank him for this and wish Gary every success for the future both inside and outside football.

"However, the Board of Directors reluctantly reached the conclusion that despite strong backing for Gary’s rebuilding plans in both the summer and January transfer windows, results and performances in recent months have shown little or no improvement on the same period last season. Expectations from the club and supporters were simply to see an acceptable degree of year on year progress. Unfortunately, that has not been the case.

"A further statement will be issued tomorrow on the management situation for the rest of the season."

After Friday evening's defeat to Ards, Haveron said he was "more determined than ever to get this club back to where it belongs."

 "I don't believe anyone will work harder for this club. I intend to keep digging in and keep fighting," he continued.

"Of course, I have to take responsibility for results. No one at this club takes their position lightly. We are all trying our very best. If I feel I'm not doing enough, I'll sit down with the Board when that time comes."

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