Gary Smyth has been told that after this Saturday’s Irish League match against Cliftonville he will no longer be in charge of the Glens according to the Belfast Telegraph.
The much loved former Glens defender took over the post from interim manager Ronnie McFall in January this year. Smyth left his management post at Championship side H&W Welders to join the Glentoran coaching team last and was delighted to take over the gaffer job from the legendary McFall.
The Glens have had a very tumultuous few seasons but Smyth managed to steer them away from relegation into seventh place in the Premiership this year. Out of the eleven games he was in charge for, they had five wins, four losses and two draws. Their game against Cliftonville this weekend could see them move above Institute. They could be in contention for the European Play Offs so this must come as blow for Smyth.
He told the Belfast Telegraph “”When Ronnie left the club and I was asked to take over in January, I was very proud to do so because Glentoran has always been my club but I didn’t feel it was going to be on a temporary basis,”
“I wanted to do my best for the Glens as manager this season and in the future – and I believe we have been making progress.”
Sources close to the club indicated that there is a takeover in offing, which could see millions invested in the club so Smyth’s departure as manager may not coincidental given the progress he has made at the club.
Smyth was asked by the Belfast Telegraph what happens after Sunday and he replied “I’ve asked that question and been told I’m still very much part of the club but I don’t know.”
Fans of the Glens will be shocked and dismayed at this news as they hold Smyth in such high regard but they will have to wait and see what unfolds at the club over the coming days and weeks.