Eddie Patterson admits it is ‘wait and see’ over his future at Glentoran

Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson
Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson

Eddie Patterson admits it is a case of “wait and see” whether he will be in charge of Glentoran next season.

Patterson – who succeeded Scott Young in February 2012 – comes out of contract with the Oval club next month.

The Glens currently lie sixth in the Danske Bank Premiership and are set to miss out on Europe this season.

Patterson is due to sit down with Glentoran chiefs on Tuesday night to discuss his future at the Oval.

“It is up to the club whether I am here or not next season. My contract is up in May and the decision will be out of my hands,” he said after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Cliftonville.

“It is a case of wait and see, but we have built some good foundations here, and it is up to me or whoever comes in to continue building for the future.”

Patterson guided the Glens to the Irish Cup last season, courtesy of a 3-1 win over Cliftonville.

But since that triumph last May there have been a number of high-profile player departures.

Five of that Irish Cup-winning side have all since left the club – Sean Ward, Andy Waterworth, Stephen Carson, Richard Clarke and Jimmy Callacher.

Budgetary restrictions and long-term injury problems have also impacted on Patterson’s plans.

“I give credit to the young lads who came in during January, and they have done remarkably well,” he added.

“Players like Jordan Stewart and Kym Nelson – it is all about blooding the youngsters.

“Glentoran has to do that. We don’t have the money to spend anymore.”

Despite question marks hanging over his future, Patterson admits he is already looking to next season.

“We have positions we need to strengthen. We have had one eye on next season ever since we got knocked out of the Irish Cup,” he said.