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It's business as usual as hunt goes on for Glens boss

Last gasp: Glentoran’s Jim O’Hanlon celebrates his injury time goal at Warrenpoint
Last gasp: Glentoran’s Jim O’Hanlon celebrates his injury time goal at Warrenpoint

By Graham Luney

Jim O'Hanlon says that it will be continue to be business as usual on the pitch at Glentoran, even though the club is still looking for a new leader in the changing room.

With Gary Smyth, Pat McGibbon and Kenny Shiels all dropping out of the running to replace Eddie Patterson in The Oval hotseat, for various reasons, Roy Coyle will once again be in charge when the Glens travel to Ballymena United this afternoon.

And while the hunt for a new boss gathers pace, with Alan Kernaghan now understood to be the favourite, the players will not let the constant speculation regarding Patterson's successor affect their preparation or performance when Premiership points are up for grabs.

It was O'Hanlon's injury time goal that gave the Glens victory over Warrenpoint Town in their first post-Patterson fixture a fortnight ago and he is determined to keep their current five-match unbeaten run going for at least a little longer, with the belief that there is still a chance of lifting silverware this season.

"There is still plenty of quality in the dressing room and the players' attitude will not change - we want to win something," said O'Hanlon.

"We have confidence in each other's ability and have to go out and show that in matches.

"It has been a difficult time as we never expected to be in this situation, but Roy Coyle, with his presence and experience, was going to help keep it business as usual for us.

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"The team had been getting results when Eddie lost his job so confidence was high and we wanted to keep that momentum going. I felt we had started to turn a corner and that's why the timing of Eddie's exit surprised many people."

Players are often the last to hear about a new managerial appointment and while the Glentoran squad wait for a new boss to walk through the dressing room door O'Hanlon's intentions are to keep doing what they have done over the last few weeks.

"We are just waiting to hear what happens on the managerial front but it's not something we have control over, but all the lads are chomping at the bit to start again under a new boss and when things settle down into a familiar pattern we can push ourselves up the table," he said.

"All the speculation will not affect us, we've heard different names mentioned including Gary Smyth, but the club will make a decision.

"Warrenpoint was my first game back after a few outings with the reserves and I think I only had two touches, but I made sure I got to the ball and although we left it late I felt we deserved the win.

"We kept plugging away I felt we should have had a penalty, but David Scullion was booked for diving and Curtis Allen had a goal ruled out for offside.

"It's been tough being out (with hamstring injury) because when things are not going well you simply want to get out there and try to help the boys."

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