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McAllister in charge of Glenavon for at least one more game

Pat McAllister will lead Glenavon into battle for the third time when they face Ballymena United at Mourneview Park tomorrow.

Club chairman Adrian Teer last night confirmed to the Belfast Telegraph that caretaker manager McAllister — who was former manager Marty Quinn’s number two before he left the club almost a fortnight ago — will remain in charge for at least one more game, although the former Coleraine midfielder has made no secret of his desire to take the role on a permanent basis.

Teer, however, also revealed that the Lurgan Blues are not just looking at a candidate to fill the manager’s position, but are examining the bigger picture with regards to the entire coaching staff for the first team.

“We told Packie on Tuesday night that he would be in charge of the team for Saturday and after that we’ll wait and see what happens,” said Teer.

“We’re making progress alright, but it’s likely to be a day or two yet before we have things sorted out and can confirm anything.

“It’s a management team that we are looking at and we are working hard at trying to do the right things.

“I think we are close, but we are taking our time because it’s an important decision for the club.”

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McAllister’s record in his two games so far shows that he is unbeaten.

Last week’s Carling Premiership draw against Carrick Rangers means that Stephen Small’s side and Lisburn Distillery are still within touching distance of Glenavon, who went on to beat Lurgan Celtic in Tuesday night’s Mid-Ulster Cup quarter-final.

Former Cliftonville manager Eddie Patterson and ex-Lisburn Distillery boss Paul Kirk have also declared their interest in the Glenavon post.

Former Mourneview Park midfielder John Gregg, Graham McConnell, Glenn Ferguson, Gary Hamilton and ex-Northern Ireland international Stephen Robinson are also in the frame.

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