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Friday, May 25, 2007

Alan McDonald to Stay On as Glentoran Coach

Glentoran Official Site -Roy Walker unveiled as New Glentoran Manager Thursday 24 May

This morning (Thursday) at the Oval, saw Glentoran FC end speculation, by announcing that it had appointed Roy Walker, as its' new Manager. Subject to UEFA Licence qualification.

Glentoran.net spoke to Roy who told the Website, “I am both delighted and excited about the job, but first things first is to sort out the backroom staff, and I am delighted that Alan McDonald has agreed to continue in his role and his experience will be a real asset, and Billy Sinclair has also agreed to come along and join us, and he will bring with him, his knowledge and experience in the local game. I will also be getting around to talking to the backroom staff and Managers of the various teams at the Club.

On the playing front, I have good base to work from, but I do believe that we need to do a bit of tweaking, and will be starting to engage with some of the players.

I know that this is a big job, both on and off the pitch, and I am aware as an East Belfast man, of the culture, and the standing that Glentoran FC has, or should have in the Community, and I want to build on that, and everything that is Glentoran."

A couple of days before the appointment of Walker, the Belfast Telegraph reported
May 22, 2007 - "Roy Walker is being lined up as the next manager of Glentoran - 15 months after turning down the opportunity to take over the Oval hot-seat.
The former Crusaders and Glenavon chief is the man that the top brass at Glentoran want to take the club forward...
Should Walker agree to take the job then first-team coach Alan McDonald may stay to work alongside him.
McDonald is believed to have told the club that he isn't interested in the manager's job because of business commitments, but would be prepared to stay on in the same role he occupied under Millar
. Belfast Telegraph

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