Kenny Shiels has three rivals for vacant Glentoran post
Glentoran 1-1 Coleraine
Kenny Shiels will meet with the Glentoran board in the coming days, but faces stiff competition to land the manager’s job.
The Belfast Telegraph understands that Oval chiefs have narrowed their targets to a shortlist of four out-of-work candidates who are all poised to be interviewed this week.
Interim boss Roy Coyle does not expect to be in the dugout when the Glens travel to face Ballymena United on Saturday and, while ex-Kilmarnock supremo Shiels is the new front-runner for a post that had previously looked odds-on to be occupied by Pat McGibbon, a source at the east Belfast club has revealed the club’s hierarchy have a strong pool of options from which to pluck Eddie Patterson’s successor.
Shiels was an interested observer as Curtis Allen’s penalty cancelled out Rodney Brown’s opener for Coleraine in a tepid encounter on Saturday and home skipper Stephen McAlorum says Glentoran are determined to turn the Oval into a fortress once again.
“It’s something we should have been doing from the start of the season anyway.
“We are now unbeaten in five games, a run that began under Eddie.
“We don’t want teams coming here and and leaving with cheap points. It didn’t happen years ago, so it’s something we want to create again.
“Roy has spoken to us about that and it has had an effect on everyone.”
McAlorum stressed the players have tried to remain divorced from the managerial upheaval at the club.
“We have to just worry about ourselves and let the Board get on with the decision-making in terms of a new manager,” he added
“Regardless of whether it’s Roy or anyone else, we just want to try and win football games. Anything else is out of our hands.
“The supporters have also been very patient. You may not be having the best of games, but if you put in the work rate and are doing your best for the Glentoran shirt, the fans will appreciate it.
“They expect 100 per cent from every player. If they get that they will respect you.”
GLENTORAN: Morris, Gibson, Kane, Holland, Garrett, Addis, Smith (McCullough, 83 mins), McAlorum, Allen, McMenamin (O’Hanlon, 19 mins), Scullion (Caldwell, 38 mins). Unused subs: Henderson, Hogg.
COLERAINE: Doherty, Beverland, Mullan, Douglas, McCauley (McGonigle, 85 mins), McCafferty, Harkin, Brown (Higgins, 46 mins), McLaughlin, Lyons (Parkhill, 34 mins), Kane. Unused subs: Watt, Falconer.
Man of the match: Neil McCafferty
Match rating: 5/10
Referee: Edgars Malcevs (Latvia)