Eddie Patterson set to sit down with Oval chiefs this week

Eddie Patterson with Steven Gordon
Eddie Patterson with Steven Gordon

Eddie Patterson will sit down with Glentoran chiefs this week to finalise his future at The Oval.

Patterson – who has one year remaining on his contract – is set for crunch talks with the club’s hierarchy after guiding the Glens to a second Irish Cup in three years on Saturday.

The east Belfast men also pocketed in the region of £170,000 from prize money and European qualification.

“It is up to the board to come talking to me now,” Patterson added.

“Basically I have a year to go on my contract. We will see where that takes us.

“We have players out there who want to sign for Glentoran. It is whether or not we can afford them.

“Look at that support today. We could have had more fans here. We have a massive fan base, but we need them here week in, week out.

“Am I confident I will get my own future sorted out? That depends on what happens over the next week.”

Goalkeeper Elliott Morris has urged Glentoran’s board to back manager Patterson and hand him the cash to build a title-winning squad at The Oval.

Morris believes a chunk of the financial prize has to be invested in new players – to take the club onto the next level.

“People might say we are punching above our weight at the moment, and I would agree,” Morris said.

“Eddie needs the board to step up and give him some money to spend on players.

“We have a decent base here with good players. Eddie needs extra money from the board.

“The last time we won the cup, six or seven players left and Eddie was given no money at all.

“He ended up with less.

“He had to build another team, and now we need to kick on and try and win the league. Irish Cups are fantastic, but we need to be challenging for the league as well.

“Our back five in 2013 had over 2000 appearances between them. Look at today’s back five – it’s chalk and cheese.

“If we had lost today, our season would have been a total wash-out. It would have been a bad year.

“But we got the job done today, and the season has been fantastic.”