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Stute boss Quigg looking to spoil Glens' Euro party

Reunited: Glentoran’s Ross Redman scores in a 2-1 victory against Institute in September
Reunited: Glentoran’s Ross Redman scores in a 2-1 victory against Institute in September

By Graham Luney

New Institute boss John Quigg believes his men can torpedo Glentoran's European dreams.

If Stute win at The Oval this afternoon they will leapfrog Mick McDermott's side and finish seventh in the Danske Bank Premiership.

It would be a devastating result for the Glens as it would deny them a shot at European football through the play-offs.

Institute have not applied for a European Licence but although they don't share the east Belfast side's continental ambitions a seventh placed finish would represent a huge lift for the men from the north-west.

Quigg has come on board to keep the ship sailing in the right direction after Paddy McLaughlin's departure to Cliftonville.

And he might be thinking this management business is easy after Stute conquered Newry 2-1 this week!

The new man in charge is still counting his blessings after being handed the role and now he wants to finish the season with a real bang.

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"There's two points between ourselves and the Glens so we would need to beat them to reach seventh," said Quigg.

"It will be a good game because we play decent football and the big pitch at the Oval will allow us to do that.

"We are the underdogs as a small provincial club so the pressure is on them. To finish seventh would be a fantastic finish for us. A lot of hard work have got us this far. The club haven't got a Pro Licence coach. I have my A Licence and I'm on the list for a Pro Licence. In the League of Ireland you need to have a Pro Licence and I think that's what will happen here as well so I need to get my skates on."

Quigg kept the production line going strong at Derry City but now his task is to build on the impressive progress made under McLaughlin.

"I'm delighted at getting the job, there's only 12 manager's jobs in the Premiership and I have one of them," he added.

"I've worked hard at Derry City for the last few years on the youth development side and I felt it was my time to move on.

"Everybody wants to be successful and Larne are coming up into the Premiership with a bit of money behind them.

"Hopefully I can keep this squad of players together and add one or two because we have good players. If we can do that I think we'll be okay.

"We beat Newry this week in a good game. The boys played fantastically well because the performance against Ards was a bit flat.

"Institute were guaranteed Premiership football but you can't be that flat and expect to win. We got the reaction from the players we wanted and this Glentoran game is a fantastic one because we would finish the season in seventh place.

"It's a great incentive for both clubs and a fantastic one for us as I can't remember a time when Stute finished that high up the table.

"Stute are usually fighting relegation but we are in a much better place and we need to keep ourselves there.

"If I can do half as well as Paddy and the boys have done, then we won't be far away."

Once the final whistle blows today Quigg will turn his thoughts to retaining his best players and strengthening the panel for next season.

"If someone comes in with ludicrous money you might listen to offers but we want to keep the squad together," he added.

"I want to keep our better players, add to the squad and try to reach for the stars next year."

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