Glentoran boss Smyth faces race to reach Brandywell for Institute clash
Gary Smyth faces a race against time to make his first Danske Bank Premiership match in charge of Glentoran.
The Glens face Institute at Derry City's Brandywell stadium at 3pm on Saturday and Smyth is hoping to make the start - provided his return trip from England runs smoothly.
The new Oval supremo works for Lyreco who supply office equipment including coffee machines and he must attend a sales convention this week.
"My flight on Saturday is at 11.20am from Birmingham and that shouldn't be more than an hour," he said. "If it's on time into Belfast City Airport I should make the Brandywell for kick-off.
"Any delay and it will be tight. I'll be straight into a car and off to Derry. It's an annual work convention. This year it's in Telford."
In Smyth's absence, his assistant Paul Leeman and Kieran Harding - who is staying on as coach - will make sure the pre-match preparation is spot on.
"It's important I make the match," he added. "I'm pleased Kieran is staying on. He's a top coach."