Paddy McCourt expecting a busy summer as they look to reinvigorate Glentoran

A picture of new Glentoran assistant manager Paddy McCourt
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Daniel Gyollai's arrival at Glentoran could be the first of a number of new signings at the club according to Paddy McCourt. The Glens assistant manager says there's "a bit of recruiting to do" ahead of the new season.

McCourt himself is a new face at The Oval this summer as he links up with Declan Devine once more following their time together at Derry City. With 10 players having left the east Belfast club since the end of the season a busy few weeks lie ahead for the management team with Hungarian goalkeeper Gyollai the first through the door.

The former Northern Ireland international is ready for the challenge as they bid to return Glentoran to title challengers once more. "The expectations from everyone is to make the club successful. Finishing fifth last year is under expectations," McCourt told the club's YouTube channel.

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"Declan's been here a couple of months now, he's came in and had a look at the club. He's released some players whose time was probably up here, so there's a bit of recruiting to do.

"But the expectation from everyone at the club is to be at the top end of the league and be challenging for league titles and cups. Hopefully I can help add to that.

"Glentoran has always been a huge club within Irish football, it's got a huge history. It's won I think 23 titles although the last one was back in 2009, there's a lot of people at the club who are aware of that and everyone is pulling in the right direction to rectify that also."

McCourt spent spent eight years at the Brandywell as a player, academy manager and technical director before leaving the club in January. Now he is relishing the opportunity to work with Devine once more.

"It wasn't a difficult decision," he said. "The fact Declan is the manager here and I've worked with him before made it a lot easier.

"I took a few weeks when he first asked me to think about the logistics of it all, but after speaking to him and 'Windy' about the hopes and expectations fo the club I was really excited to get involved. We worked together at Derry City, I was Technical Director and he was the manager. It's slightly different roles now, but a lot of what I did as a technical director was similar to an assistant manger."

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