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Glentoran manager Scott Young

Glentoran manager Scott Young

Glentoran manager Scott Young

Having served Glentoran superbly as a player, new boss Scott Young should be able to walk around The Oval with his head held high.

On Saturday he couldn’t do that, admitting he was ‘embarrassed’ after watching his side walked all over by a Cliftonville team who showed the type of energy, pride and commitment that the Glens were lacking.

Horrendous defending and an all-round lethargic display against the Reds provided a microcosm to the outgoing champions’ season and tonight, a number of players will be told that their footballing futures will lie away from east-Belfast.

And Young admitted that it is going to take longer than the one season he has been initially given to turn around the fortunes of a club who are currently staring into the abyss — amazingly, exactly a year after a victory over Saturday’s opponents had brought the Gibson Cup to The Oval.

Financially the Glens are in dire straits with too many players earning too much money and the books are far from balanced. Now Young faces the biggest challenge of his career in trying to lift the gloom that has descended over the club.

“Financially we are at a shocking state of affairs at this football club,” he admitted.

“I would rather try and get players in here who are going to give 100 per cent for Glentoran.

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“I'm going to have to do a bit of wheeling and dealing.

“All I can be is honest. I'm embarrassed walking across that pitch. That's not my team, because see if my team plays like that next season, you won’t see me at this football club...you won't have to tell me.

“It's embarrassing. I call a spade a spade and I don’t give a monkeys who takes offense — I call it as it is. Do any of you (the press) disagree, with what you are seeing? No, I know, you are watching it as well and the Glenmen are watching it. Enough's enough.

“You never, never get exactly what you want, but next season you will see a team that's fit and you will see a team that's playing for each other and playing for that badge.

“A year isn't going to be enough. I'm going to say it's going to take two or three years to build something and people are going to say that Scott's only covering his back because he's got a one-year contract.

“Everybody's watching and there's a massive, massive rebuilding job at this football club and anyone who says otherwise is talking c**p.”

The Reds, who secured their first league win at the Oval since 1998 and with it a second placed finish in the Carling Premiership, went in front after a calamitous moment of mis-communication between defender Johnny Taylor and his namesake, goalkeeper, James.

The former looked to have the threat of a long ball under control, but as he headed back towards goal, the big stopper had raced out and left Liam Boyce free in the box only for Johnny Taylor to pull him down.

A penalty for the Reds, dispatched by George McMullan and a red card for the Glens’ young centre back.

The second was also a nightmare for the home side as McMullan’s ball towards the box appeared harmless only for Jamie McGovern to miss it, allowing Ronan Scannell to pick his spot and blast home.

McMullan put the cap on a terrific personal display with a superb free-kick from 22 yards five minutes after the break.

That put a shine on the result and a great season for Cliftonville with boss Eddie Patterson having had to deal with stringent budget cuts at the beginning of the campaign.

And he is expecting to fight another season against the grain, with more budgetary slashing waiting in the wings at Solitude.

“I have no doubts about it, there will almost certainly be more cuts, and that’s the same for a number of clubs,” he said.

“People are going to have to take a reduction in terms if they want to stay at the club and if they don’t then they are free to move on and there’s not a lot we can do about that.”


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