Glentoran announce permanent manager as Declan Devine lays out stall

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Glentoran manager Declan Devine -Credit:INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Glentoran have announced Declan Devine as the club's new permanent first-team manager.

Devine was initially appointed on an interim basis in the middle of March but is now set to stay in charge beyond this season.

Since replacing Warren Feeney as boss, Devine has guided the Glens to two wins from six Premiership games, while they were also knocked out of the Irish Cup by Linfield.

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Since the split Glentoran have picked up one point from a possible 12 and lost their last three games.

Devine says his short period as interim boss afforded him time to identify what is needed to repair Glentoran's fortunes on the pitch, and says he has also seen plenty of positives to build on.

He told the club's website: “In the month I’ve been here I’ve identified a lot of what’s wrong and needs to be fixed at various levels at the club. We’ll deal with those. But I’ve also seen a lot of positives to be built on.

"The Seconds are on a great run and we have a lot of outstanding players in the U18s and U16s, quite a number of whom can provide the basis for a positive future if given the chance. They will be. Also we need to identify and secure the best experienced players out there with the right approach who can also play their part in a more positive future.

"I’m coming to Glentoran to work every possible minute to make this club a success again. I can assure Glentoran supporters that I’ll be demanding the same from everyone on the playing side. That includes doing everything we can to end this season on a high with a European place.”

Devine was scathing in his criticism of Saturday's performance against Cliftonville, with the Glens falling to a 2-0 defeat at Solitude.

Speaking to BBC Sport he said it was "not surprising" adding that the team "is broken".

Devine added: "Over recent weeks it has become quite evident the team is broken," he said. "I'm embarrassed about the performance, the [lack of] intensity and quality, everything about it, but it’s not surprising.

"It was quite evident in the performance levels that this squad is broken. I didn’t think Cliftonville had to do anything to win the game, like Coleraine last week, and it was totally unacceptable.

"Whether we win another game between now and the end of the season remains to be seen, but you certainly won’t with that application and lack of intensity we played with in a really important game. To have fans pay to come and watch that, I can just apologise to them because that is not the way I can lead a team out it is just horrendous."

Glentoran Chairman Colin Jess said Devine has identified key areas which "can be fixed in the short term" and has also laid out a "compelling outline" what is needed for the future success of the club.

Jess said: “The Board of Directors are very pleased to confirm that Declan has accepted the position of Glentoran Manager. In the month Declan has been Interim Manager he has identified the areas he believes can be fixed in the short term and he has also outlined a very compelling outline of what needs done this close season to put the first team back on a winning footing.

"Declan will have responsibility for playing matters at all levels throughout the club, including full authority over player and senior coaching staff recruitment. As well as extensive coaching and management at senior level, his experience as a senior elite Coach at the IFA provides him with a great insight into Academy football and player development.

"As a player at Glentoran in a more successful era, we believe Declan has a feeling for and understanding of standards expected at the club and the expectations of our supporters. We know the Glentoran Family will unite behind Declan as he sets about his task.”