Belfast Telegraph

Shiels new favourite to claim Glens post

By Graham Luney

Glentoran will step up their search for a new manager this week with Kenny Shiels in pole position to land the job.

Shiels, who watched the 1-1 draw with Coleraine at The Oval on Saturday, will hold further talks with the club's board this week and although other candidates will be interviewed the former Kilmarnock boss is expected to be named Eddie Patterson's successor.

The 59-year-old has extensive Irish League experience from managerial spells at Ballymena United, Coleraine, Larne and Carrick Rangers.

Former Kilmarnock boss Shiels, whose last taste of management came in Thailand with BEC Tero Sasana, was offering advice an Irish FA coaching masterclass in Ballymena yesterday.

Glens chairman Stephen Henderson said: "Although Kenny was at the game on Saturday he was not in the director's box and no appointment has been made yet.

"More interviews must take place and the club may be in a position to make an offer before the end of this week, provided everyone is happy with terms and conditions.

"Someone must shine through in the interview process and they must also conclude that our package meets their expectations. I'm not naming names because even if a shortlist of candidates emerges everyone should have the same opportunity to convince us they understand what it means for Glentoran to win and what it means when Glentoran lose.

"The backroom staff will also be the prerogative of the manager, that's their decision."

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