Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson to hold further talks on future

Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson
Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson

Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson is set to hold further talks with club officials this weekend before deciding on his future.

Patterson – whose current contract expires next month – has been offered a new two-year deal to remain at the Oval helm.

It is believed the deal will be on reduced terms – both for the management team and players’ budget.

Patterson – who succeeded Scott Young in February 2012 – is also expected hold talks with his backroom staff before any decision is made.

Despite the ongoing talks, Patterson’s primary concern is Saturday’s home clash with Crusaders.

The Glens secured their place in the top six of the Danske Bank Premiership but have missed out on European qualification this season.

With three games remaining, Patterson has demanded one final effort from his players.

“We have three big games coming up, not least the Big Two game on Easter Tuesday,” Patterson said.

“We will have a say in the destination of the title, and we won’t lie down for anyone.

“Europe is out of the question, but we will fight on.

“People probably thought we would lie down for Cliftonville, because we don’t want Linfield to win the title – that’s a load of rubbish.”

Meanwhile, Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter is hoping midfielder Declan Caddell will feature on Saturday.

Caddell is returning from an ankle injury sustained in a Premiership win over Glentoran back in March.

“Declan has responded well to treatment and has returned quicker than we thought,” Baxter said.

“We anticipated a longer lay-off but he seems to be okay so hopefully he can play on Saturday.”