Managerial upheaval is of no concern to focused Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton

Gary Hamilton
Gary Hamilton

Gary Hamilton is refusing to be lulled into a false sense of confidence ahead of Thursday’s Europa League qualifier with Shakhtyor Soligorsk at Mourneview Park.

Soligorsk have parted company with coach Sergei Borovsky ahead of the first qualifying round, first leg clash in Lurgan.

Despite the sudden departure, Glenavon chief Hamilton doesn’t think it will have a negative impact on the Belarusian Premier League side.

“If anything, it might actually work in their favour,” Hamilton said.

“Teams can sometimes be on the rebound after a manager or coach leaves. So they will be very dangerous opponents.

“Their assistant has stepped up to the plate and he will want to impress, and the players will want to prove their worth too.

“So I can’t see their confidence being rocked.”

Hamilton is hoping to keep the tie alive for next week’s return leg.

“We want to try and have something to play for when we travel to Belarus,” Hamilton added.

“So Thursday night is important. We need to be patience.”