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My heartbreaking Glens exit was 'killer' blow, says Nacho Novo

 

By Steven Beacom

Nacho Novo has revealed the frustrations behind his Glentoran career, his disappointment at a painful exit and claimed that he and manager Gary Haveron did not see eye to eye on how the club should move forward.

One year ago Irish League football was beside itself with excitement at the prospect of former Rangers hero Novo lining up for the Glens after he signed a 12 month deal in July 2016, but the striker, although popular with the east Belfast club's fans, was not the huge hit he hoped to be, spending as much time on the sidelines as he did on the pitch.

Speaking for the first time about Glentoran since his departure in May, Novo (below) said his decision to apply for the manager's job following Alan Kernaghan's resignation last August played a key role in his relationship with Haveron who took over as boss.

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"The killer was when I applied for the job and I was going to bring (ex-Rangers great) Ian Durrant with me," explained Novo. "If I got it, that would be good but if I didn't, there would be confrontation which is what happened because the next manager would obviously see me as a threat. That was sad because I'm not that type of guy. I would always look to help everyone.

"I saw aspects of the club which I felt I could help to improve but a new manager came in and it never happened."

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