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Poll: Contenders for the Glentoran hotseat

The managers in the running for the Oval job include:

Stephen Baxter

A former youth team player at the Glens, he may have gone on to play for Linfield, but Glenmen - probably - wouldn’t hold that against him. Has worked wonders at Crusaders, taking them from the Intermediate League to winning the Irish Cup and potential title challengers on a meagre budget. Seems to be able to get the best out of players and is regarded as one of the most intelligent managers around. However, Baxter seems to be being touted as the next Blues boss when David Jeffrey hangs up his pipe. The Glens could do worse than snap him up first.

Chances: Might fancy the lure of a big job

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Michael O'Neill

Touted for the job on the last two occasions, but overlooked. Now the ship may have sailed as he has done a good job at Shamrock Rovers, taking them to second in the League of Ireland and their season is just about to kick off. He’d have taken it on the last two occasions, but the ex-Glens midfielder would take some persuading. May be interested in a job closer to home.

Chances: Bad timing but very much in the running

Eddie Patterson

May have been seen to be a bit out of leftfield a while ago but it could be said that Patterson has taken Cliftonville as far as they can go, and he all but admitted that last week. There is no doubt that he has been a terrific success at Solitude, again with very little money to throw around and he has that sort of attitude that players respond to.

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Chances: Arguably the best candidate

Paul Kirk

The job the former Lisburn Distillery boss has always wanted. Kirk cut his coaching teeth as a successful youth team coach at the Oval, bringing through players like Paul Leeman, Colin Nixon, his son Andrew and Stuart Elliott. He went on to enjoy relative success at the Whites before being shown the door in the summer.

His coaching credentials aren’t in question.

Chances: Very much an outsider at this stage

Marty Quinn

The choice of many fans and few could argue with them. He has brought success to unfashionable clubs, in winning the league with Cliftonville and then taking Coleraine to two Irish Cup finals, both against Glentoran, one of which they won. The type of manager that has the ability to give a player a kick up the backside or put a caring arm around them when necessary.

Chances: It'd probably be his if a lot of fans had their way

Scott Young

Former Glentoran favourite who now holds all the aces as he takes charge on a caretaker basis until the end of the campaign. If the popular Scot can steady the ship and win a trophy his employers will be tempted to hand him the job on a permanent basis.

Chances: Dependent on results, but a genuine candidate


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