IRISH LEAGUE: Glentoran manager Alan Kernaghan refusing to get carried away with derby hype

Alan Kernaghan
Alan Kernaghan

Alan Kernaghan is refusing to get caught up in the hype and bluster surrounding Saturday’s showdown with Linfield.

Kernaghan is preparing to sample his first dose of derby fever as Glentoran boss.

It is another massive fixture for both clubs as they look to climb the Danske Bank Premiership table.

The Glens currently sit sixth in the table – seven points adrift of their ‘Big Two’ rivals who lie third.

“Boxing Day will be interesting, but at the end of the day it is just another game – that’s how I have to look at it,” said Kernaghan, who replaced Eddie Patterson at The Oval last month.

“The players have to be ready for it, and they will.

“We got a good win against Cliftonville, and that is something positive to take into the derby.”

Kernaghan praised the club’s fans for rallying behind the team since his arrival.

Last Saturday’s 2-0 win over title contenders Cliftonville was another step in the right direction for the east Belfast club.

“The fans also responded well and got behind the team. We are in a decent place at the moment, but we have work to do,” Kernaghan added.

“The fans have been great. They have rallied behind the team.”

Kernaghan admits he is enjoying the challenge of being Glentoran manager.

“I am enjoying it, but it has been busy. Trying to organise things for January has been difficult,” he added.

“Anyone we have gone for has either signed for someone else or stayed at their own club.

“I am no different to any other manager, so that’s part and parcel of the game.”