It was announced yesterday that legendary interim manager Ronnie McFall has committed to stay at the Oval for the foreseeable future! This comes in the wake of the announcement that Gary Smyth has signed a three-year deal with the Glens, leaving NIFL Championship side Harland and Wolff Welders behind to join the coaching panel at the East Belfast side. It was also confirmed that Paul Leeman will join McFall and Smyth at the Oval to assist U20’s manager David Lowry with the development of academy football.
Ronnie McFall holds the record as the longest serving manager in European Club football, managing Portadown for nearly thirty years before he resigned in 2016 after Portadown were sent crashing out of the Irish Cup at the quarter-final stage by Lurgan Celtic. McFall was convinced to make a comeback to NIFL management on an interim basis last February, so yesterday’s announcement came as a surprise but a very welcomed one for Glens fans. Glentoran finished 7th in the Premiership after what was a very turbulent season, but Glentoran certainly got some of their mojo back when McFall took over the reigns after Gary Haveron’s sacking. It is thought that McFall’s leadership and experience will steer the club with a steady hand whilst former teammates Smyth and Leeman continue to gain experience and the UEFA A Licences needed to manage the club independently in the future with a possibility of McFall staying on in an advisory capacity.
We wish the new management team at the Oval the best of luck next season!