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I'm still leaving even if Glentoran land lucrative Eurpean spot, says McFall

By Staff Reporter

Ronnie McFall admits it would be a massive achievement if Glentoran qualify for the Europa League - even if he'll not be around to reap the rewards.

The veteran manager masterminded a dramatic 4-3 Big Two victory over ailing Linfield at Windsor Park last night which put the Glens within touching distance of a £200,000 jackpot.

McFall was parachuted to replace the sacked Gary Haveron three months ago and he is now only 90 minutes away from a fairytale exit because Saturday will be his swansong.

"The situation hasn't changed... Saturday will be my last game in charge," said McFall. "I came in initially to steady the ship and help the club out.

"I didn't think I would be here as long. I thought there would have been someone appointed by this stage. There have been a few people that have turned down the job, but it's nothing to do with me."

McFall saluted the character of his team to battle back from what was a seemingly hopeless position at 2-0 down.

"I can't fault the players since I've come in," he added. "They are all good lads and I'm delighted with the response I've got from them. Football is all about attitude and mental strength. If you get those two right, then you have a chance.

"We know this was a one-off performance. In Big Two games, anything can happen. It's one game. As far as we are concerned, it's only half-time.

"Yes, it was a good display, but we haven't achieved anything yet. We'll need a similar type of performance against Cliftonville to get us into Europe.

"It doesn't get much more difficult... we know it's going to be another battle. Cliftonville will be the same, it's a one-off game. They will be playing their eye strings out to try and get into Europe."

McFall received a boost before the game with striker Curtis Allen having a red card rescinded by the IFA's Appeals Committee. He added: "It was the club that appealed it. They lost the first one, so they had every right to lodge another.

"We trained on Monday night with him in the team, but we got the word then he was banned. It was only a couple of hours before the game that we were informed he was ok to play.

"He scores goals... boys like that are like gold dust."

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