Gerard Lyttle enjoying new role at Cliftonville as he looks to continue building momentum

Cliftonville boss Gerard Lyttle
Cliftonville boss Gerard Lyttle

Two games down, two wins in the bag – Gerard Lyttle is making management look a walk in the park.

Lyttle stepped into the Cliftonville breach 11 days ago following the shock resignation of Tommy Breslin.

It is a caretaker role that the former coach hopes to make permanent.

And after wins against Glentoran and Ballyclare Comrades in the past week, it would be no surprise if the Reds board turned to a familiar face to lead into the future.

“I don’t know if it has been easy, it is a big challenge,” Lyttle said.

“There is a big difference between coaching and being manager. You are constantly talking to people – your players, your backroom team and other club officials.

“You are basically in control of everything bar the results.

“But it has been a positive week for the club. The players knuckled down and got a great win against Glentoran, and then we followed that up in the County Antrim Shield against Ballyclare.

“We now move on to Saturday’s game against Ballinamallard in the league. It is another stern test but it is one we are looking forward to.

“Ferney Park is a great ground so the players should enjoy it.”

Saturday’s Danske Bank Premiership fixtures: Ballinamallard v Cliftonville, Crusaders v Carrick Rangers, Dungannon Swifts v Glentoran, Linfield v Glenavon, Portadown v Coleraine, Warrenpoint Town v Ballymena United.