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I'll bring Glens back to the top, vows new manager McDermott


Glentoran boss Mick McDermott
Glentoran boss Mick McDermott

By Graham Luney

Glentoran boss Mick McDermott has vowed to transform the club into a real force on the domestic and European stage as part of a new management structure which will bring major investment to the east Belfast side.

McDermott has revealed that the club plan to go full-time in a bid to catch up with their big-spending rivals in the Danske Bank Premiership.

The Belfast man replaces Gary Smyth as boss but Glens chairman Stephen Henderson said he hoped the 49-year-old would stay as part of the new management structure with his assistant Paul Leeman and coach Kieran Harding.

Smyth is working towards his A Licence and the Glens had until yesterday to apply for a licence to play in Europe next season.

McDermott, who is starting his Pro Licence coaching badges with the IFA in the summer, said: "A substantial investor wishes to make a very major investment in the club and I'm delighted to be part of that.

"Negotiations with the Glentoran board are at a very advanced stage and we're all looking forward to taking the proposal to the club shareholders for approval within the next few weeks.

"The investor is confident we can deliver for Glentoran at the very highest level and bring full-time football to The Oval. We'll return the club to a trophy-winning place in Northern Ireland but also make a mark in Europe."

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