Eddie Patterson seeks swift solution to Glentoran talks

Eddie Patterson has been locked in talks with Glentoran chiefs this week
Eddie Patterson has been locked in talks with Glentoran chiefs this week

Glentoran tied down the long-term future of midfielder Stephen McAlorum on Thursday – but they could face a challenge keeping manager Eddie Patterson at The Oval.

Patterson has been locked in crunch talks with the club’s hierarchy this week as he bids to sort out his own future.

The former Cliftonville boss – who guided the Glens to the Irish Cup last Saturday – has one year remaining on his current contract.

He is seeking to extend his stay even further on Mersey Street, but doubts have been cast on whether he will even be at the helm come the start of next season.

Patterson – who succeeded Scott Young at The Oval in February 2012 – insists time is of the essence as he looks to finalise his future.

“First of all, I am delighted that Stephen McAlorum is staying at Glentoran. It is something I have always wanted,” he said.

“But there are other ongoing issues that need resolved surrounding my own future, and that of my coaching staff.

“I have already held talks with the chairman (Stephen Henderson) this week and told him what I want to do, and what Glentoran needs to do as a club going forward.

“It is now over to Stephen and the club to decide whether they want to move in the same direction.

“I need to know what is happening as soon as possible. There are players I have earmarked for the club, but I can’t make a move unless I know the finance is there to bring them to Glentoran.”

Patterson has forged a successful partnership with coaching staff Tiernan Lynch, Paul Trainor and Seamus Lynch.

Since arriving at the club they have led the Glens to two Irish Cups in three years, securing vital European qualification money in the process.

Patterson’s aim is to take Glentoran onto the next level in the Danske Bank Premiership, but insists he and his backroom team need the full backing of the club.

“In my opinion, not everyone in my staff has been treated equally, and there are issues I am not happy about,” Patterson added.

“If my future is secure at Glentoran then my coaching staff are secure. We come as a team.

“I have spoke to the chairman and raised my concerns. There are issues that need addressed, and quickly.

“This all impacts on the future of the club. It is a domino effect. I need to know my own future before I can start looking at bringing new players to the club.”

Patterson remains confident any outstanding issues can be resolved in the days ahead.

“I am quite confident things can be sorted out. We want to stay at the club and move things forward,” he said.

“We have started a job here, and it is a work in progress and we want to finish that job.”

Midfielder McAlorum has signed a new two-year contract with the Glens, while defender Calum Birney has agreed a new three-year deal with the Irish Cup winners.

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Magennis has agreed a two-year deal with the Sky Blues.