Glentoran FC have turned to the young and the old in a bid to revive their fortunes, appointing former first-team boss Roy Coyle as director of football and rookie Scott Young as manager.
The 64-year-old Coyle, who won 50 trophies in his managerial career, says he is back to help Young win his first at The Oval. Coyle will mentor Young, who took charge just over a month ago after Alan McDonald stepped down. Former Northern Ireland international McDonald led the Glens to the title last year but endured a troubled season this term, suffering eight league defeats.
Young, 33, whose playing career with the Glens was ended early by a series of injuries, masterminded last month's League Cup final win against Coleraine FC while caretaker boss. "We won a League Cup final but it's League Championships and Irish Cups that matter," Young said.
Linfield FC are poised to finish clear of the Glens in the race for the title and Young is insistent that the club are not hitting the heights they should be. "We have not performed this season as individuals and there has to be an improvement," he said. "This football club have achieved two back-to-back titles in 127 years and that's not good enough."
Coyle began his coaching career at an even earlier age than Young, returning from the English game before turning 30 to become Linfield's player-coach. He led the Blues to astonishing success, winning ten league titles and 31 trophies in all. Brief stints with Ards FC and Derry City FC followed but it was with Glentoran where Coyle once again found his feet. He added another 16 honours to his haul, including three leagues and four Irish Cups before leaving in 2006.
Now he is back and has further success in his sights. "We are going to try and build something, not for a season – this is going to be long-term," he said. "At the moment Scott has got to do it short-term because the club demands results and demands success, but we have got to look at the whole picture and that will take a period of time.
"I have categorically stated that I will never return to football management and I don't pose a threat to Scott Young in any shape or form. All I'll be giving Scott is advice, I'll not be interfering. I will have an input into how the team plays, he knows that, that's just in my nature. Anyone who knows me knows I am a winner." There can be no denying that.
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