IRISH LEAGUE: Ballymena boss Glenn Ferguson wary of Roy Coyle factor at Glentoran

Roy Coyle is likely to be in charge of Glentoran on Saturday
Roy Coyle is likely to be in charge of Glentoran on Saturday

Ballymena United boss Glenn Ferguson believes Glentoran will need little motivation with Roy Coyle at the helm.

Coyle is expected to remain in caretaker charge of the east Belfast club for Saturday’s trip to the Showgrounds.

The Glens are continuing their search for a permanent successor to Eddie Patterson who was sacked last month.

Kenny Shiels was being touted as a strong favourite, that is until the former Kilmarnock manager was last night handed the reins at Derry City.

Gary Smyth and Pat McGibbon were also linked with the post, but both pulled out of the race to become the club’s new boss.

“People keep saying Glentoran don’t have a manager, but they have Roy Coyle looking after first-team affairs,” Ferguson said.

“Roy is one of the shrewdest managers there has ever been in the Irish League and he will have the Glentoran players fired up.

“It’s no coincidence that they are unbeaten since he took over in a caretaker capacity. So he is doing a good job.

“There is a lot of speculation surrounding the managerial position at Glentoran. Kenny Shiels, Gary Smyth, Pat McGibbon have all been linked but they have either pulled out or got other jobs.

“There are other names being bandied about so I am sure they will make an appointment soon.

“But it doesn’t matter who is in charge on Saturday. Glentoran will be ready to battle and fight for every ball. The players will be looking to impress.”

Glentoran sit sixth in the Premiership, five points ahead of Ballymena.

“We want to try and close that gap,” Ferguson added.

“We have dropped silly points this season and we should be closer to the top six.

“Last week we threw away a 2-0 lead against Carrick which was disappointing. There are other games where we should have got more out of it.

“We need some consistency in the league so hopefully we can get three points on Saturday and kick-on.”