IRISH LEAGUE: Glentoran caretaker boss Roy Coyle wants swift action over managerial position

Glentoran celebrate Jim O'Hanlon's late winner
Glentoran celebrate Jim O'Hanlon's late winner

Caretaker Glentoran boss Roy Coyle wants the managerial position sorted sooner rather than later “for the good of the club” following their late 1-0 win away to Warrenpoint Town on Saturday.

Coyle – who has stepped into the breach following Eddie Patterson’s sacking last week – praised his players after they ground out a victory at Milltown thanks to Jim O’Hanlon’s late header deep into injury time.

“If I’m asked to do the job, I will do the job, but the sooner the chairman and the board of directors get someone in situ the better because you want stability,” Coyle said.

“The players know I’m here for a short period of time and I’m delighted to be, but we need someone in here permanently.

“I’m obviously delighted. The players have been under enormous pressure and when you lose a manager, it’s never easy. They have been with Eddie for three or four years now and they had feelings for the guy, which is the right thing to have, but I’m delighted with the way they approached the game.

“They worked very hard. We had two good training sessions during the week and fortunately we got the goal at the end, which got us the three points.”

Warrenpoint boss Barry Gray – who remain rooted to the bottom of the table – added: “The first half for us was lacklustre and I didn’t think we were at it at all.

“I thought we let Glentoran dictate things. In the second half we definitely got a reaction that we wanted but you have to score goals.

“The facts are there. We haven’t kept a clean sheet all season and our goal tally for is poor at best.

“We’ve got our left back on the same amount of goals or more than our centre forwards and we’re sitting bottom of the table. The stats speak for themselves.

“When you’re conceding too many and you’re not scoring enough you’re always going to have trouble.”