Belfast Telegraph

Keep Oval backroom boys, urges cup hero David Scullion

By Graham Luney

Glentoran’s Irish Cup hero David Scullion has called on the club to retain the services of Eddie Patterson’s backroom staff.

Coaches Seamus and Tiernan Lynch, along with Paul Trainor, are still working for the club despite the sacking of Patterson last Saturday.

The Glens are still on the lookout for a new manager after H&W Welders boss Gary Smyth opted to remain at the Championship One side.

The Lynch brothers and Trainor remain part of the set up but they may become surplus to requirements when a new manager is appointed.

“We have very good coaches at the club and they have the respect of the players so I hope they stay at Glentoran,” said Scullion who slotted in the winner in the Irish Cup decider against Portadown in May.

“The boys are very dedicated, their training is very good and they are the best coaches that I have worked with in my career.

“I think if you speak to other players such as Linfield striker Andy Waterworth they would say the same. The players like and respect the coaches and hopefully they will not be leaving the club.”

The post-Eddie Patterson era for Glentoran begins with a trip to Warrenpoint Town this afternoon.

Scullion now hopes the east-Belfast club can appoint a manager to breathe fresh life into the sleeping giant.

“I would like to see a dedicated person coming in who will improve us as individual players and as a team,” added the 31-year-old.

“Hopefully he will be respected throughout the game, knows how to be a winner and can help young players realise their potential.

“I’ve been in this league for close to 15 years and you want to see young players come through and enjoy that sort of longevity in the game.”

The former Coleraine ace feels some of Patterson’s pain while acknowledging that the players have struggled with an Irish Cup hangover this season.

“People will say we are missing Jordan Stewart and yes he was a massive player for us but we haven’t built on our Irish Cup success and perhaps the players have been resting on their laurels too much,” added Scullion.

“It’s easy to blame the manager when things don’t go right but our performances have not been good enough and we must take responsibility for that.

“The Irish Cup victory was a great moment for us and for me personally but you can only think about that for so long then you have to deliver again.

“We just haven’t got going and need to get back to playing some good football again.”

Pat McGibbon, a title winner with the Glens in 2005 has been linked with the Glens job along with club legends Paul Leeman and Colin Nixon.

Former Northern Ireland international Steve Lomas and Dungannon Swifts boss Darren Murphy have also been mentioned as possible candidates.

Scullion added: “It’s always ben a tough job because of expectation levels at the club. I do feel for Eddie after what happened.”

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