Belfast Telegraph

Glentoran's Eddie Patterson set to stay on as boss at the Oval

By Steven Beacom

Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson's future at the club will be decided next week and the signs are that he will be staying at The Oval.

The news will delight supporters of the east Belfast club, keen to see Patterson remain and build on the success he has already achieved.

In three years at the debt ridden outfit, the former Cliftonville boss has guided the Glens to two Irish Cup triumphs, the second of which came earlier this month when they defeated Portadown 1-0 in the 2015 final.

It's an extraordinary feat given the financial problems in the background at the club.

While Patterson and his players have delivered on the field and earned the Glens a £170,000 windfall from the Cup victory and European football, the manager has been unhappy with certain aspects off the pitch.

In the Belfast Telegraph a fortnight ago, he spoke of his desire to stay and move the club forward, but only if he and his backroom staff were treated with more respect by the board.

It seems the message has been heard loud and clear.

The Glens board met on Tuesday night to discuss the manager's requests and another meeting will take place next Tuesday between Patterson and chairman Stephen Henderson when all outstanding issues are expected to be resolved.

The meeting could even result in Patterson being handed an extension to his current contract, which has one year left to run.

The Glens boss said: "I'm meeting with the chairman next Tuesday night.

"There was a board meeting earlier this week and he's confident that things can be sorted between all parties. If it comes to a conclusion where everyone is happy, I'll be delighted.

"Having spoken to the chairman our conversation has given me confidence that we can move on. The big factor here is that everyone is happy with each other and it is paramount that the backroom staff are valued."

When quizzed on a potential contract extension, Patterson said: "I want to see this job out. We have achieved a lot to date and I believe we can continue to take the club forward.

"We have signed existing players for the next two or three years and if I can bring new players in their contracts would reflect that as well. I would like to match that with my contract so we can all go forward together."

On the back of the Cup final win, Stephen McAlorum and Calum Birney signed new deals to stay with the Glens. Niall Henderson could be next.

"We have the majority of our players signed up but there are one or two players like Niall Henderson whose futures I would like sorted while I target other players to make us stronger for next season," added Patterson.

Ballymena United have released five players - goalkeeper Stuart Addis, Aaron Harris, Aaron Stewart, Mark Surgenor and Eamon McAllister.

The young players promoted to the club's senior panel are Matthew Shevlin, Eoin Kane, Leroy Millar and Matthew Ferguson.

United boss Glenn Ferguson said: "We would like to thank the players for their hard work and dedication to Ballymena United and wish them all the best for their future careers."

Linfield Swifts will need to appoint a new coach after Warren Feeney brought an end to Sammy McFadden's spell in charge.

The Swifts won the Reserve League last season but Blues boss Feeney said: "Sammy has been involved in football a long time and he of course understood that in football these things happen."

Daniel Hughes has rejected the advances of several Irish League clubs and signed a new two-year contract with Warrenpoint Town. Daniel's brother Stephen has also agreed a new deal at Milltown.

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