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Oran Kearney not for walking away from Coleraine

Oran Kearney is up for the fight at Coleraine

Oran Kearney is up for the fight at Coleraine

  • by Gareth Fullerton
 

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney insists he is not ready to throw in the towel at the Showgrounds.

The Bannsiders boss has come under increasing pressure following a dismal start to the season.

Four wins from 18 games have left the North West giants labouring in 10th spot in the Danske Bank Premiership.

They have lost their last four, including last week’s 2-1 defeat to basement battlers Warrenpoint Town.

Coleraine were tipped to make a significant impression on the Premiership landscape this season, but a series of poor performances, injuries and adverse luck has left their campaign on the verge of flat-lining.

Kearney hasn’t been immune to the criticism, and this week club chairman Collin McKendry went public in backing the manager “110 per cent”.

It was a timely rallying call for the club’s embattled boss – and Kearney – who is approaching three years at the Showgrounds helm – insists he is up for the fight.

“I have had a great time since coming to Coleraine, and I won’t throw in the towel at the first sign of a crisis,” he said.

“I have never done that throughout my time as a player or manager. I had four career-threatening injuries and I battled through all of them.

“This is another challenge for me, and I am ready to give it everything I’ve got.

“I hurt more than anyone when we lose, and the past few weeks have been very frustrating.

“After last week’s defeat to Warrenpoint, I went away to think things over. There are too many good people at this club for me to outstay my welcome.

“But I have given my all for this club and I am not going to walk away.

“It is up to the players to prove they are willing to give their all with me, and if they aren’t willing to do that then they won’t be here in January.”

Kearney insists his whole squad are fighting for their futures in the coming weeks.

Saturday’s visit of Linfield is followed by fixtures against Portadown, Dungannonand Ballymena United.

It is a crunch month that could determine who will remain at the Showgrounds in the New Year.

“Before Tuesday’s training session I basically threw out some home truths to the players. They know a lot depends on their performances between now and January,” Kearney added.

“We have also gone back to basics this week. We have been meticulous in our training and the players get everything they need.

“But this week we took them off the 3g surface and went back to the pitch behind the Showgrounds. It was like when I trained as a teenager – no heirs or graces.

“We have to show our character and the players know it all starts with hard work.

“There is no hiding place at the minute, and we have to stand up and be counted.

“The players realise that, and now we have to deliver.”

 

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