Ex- Glentoran centre back Gary Smyth is set to join his former club as part of their new management structure it was announced yesterday.49-year-old Smyth started his career at Glentoran back in 1988, winning several trophies and the Player of the Year 2002/2003 season. He moved onto Glenavon, Ballymena, and having two further spells with the Glens before finishing his playing career at Crusaders in 2009 winning the Irish Cup. He also made an appearance for the Northern Ireland B Team back in 1997.
He has been the gaffer at NIFL Championship team, Harland and Wolfe Welders for the last five years. Smyth doesn’t have the A License required to be manager of Glentoran on his own, so this indicates he will be joining a management team who hold the sufficient licence. A member of the management team also need to hold a UEFA Pro Licence to participate in European football an surely this is the goal for Glentoran going forward. Who else is joining the management team is up for debate, it has been rumoured that ex- Glens favourite Paul Leeman could also be joining Smyth however he doesn’t hold the A license required either.
Also in the mix is Former Rangers players, Nacho Novo and Bob Malcolm, who were interviewed for the post plus ex-Northern Ireland skipper Steve Lomas but who will join Smyth is still up in the air.
It is expected that bosses at the Oval will make an announcement imminently.