IRISH LEAGUE: Glentoran close in on new manager

Eddie Patterson was sacked last month
Eddie Patterson was sacked last month

Glentoran are expected to name their new manager on Monday – with Alan Kernaghan being tipped to succeed Eddie Patterson.

Patterson was sacked by the Glens on October 17 following three-and-a-half years in the Oval hot-seat.

Director of Football Roy Coyle has filled the role in a caretaker capacity and on Saturday he made it four games unbeaten under his tenure with a 1-0 win over Ballymena United.

The result keeps Glentoran sixth in the Danske Bank Premiership.

The victory also appears to be Coyle’s last in charge as the club looks to name a permanent manager.

Former Manchester City and Republic of Ireland defender Kernaghan is hot favourite to succeed Patterson, and is expected to be confirmed by Glentoran on Monday afternoon.

The 48-year-old – who won 22 caps for the Republic of Ireland – has managed Scottish clubs Clyde and Dundee and was also part of the Rangers youth coaching set-up nine years ago.