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Coaching: Welcome back Tim

Mon, 20/05/2024 - 19:00

The club is very pleased to welcome Glentoran legend Tim McCann back to the role of first team coach with immediate effect.

Declan Devine said of his decision to appoint Tim: “Tim is Glentoran through and through an outstanding coach and someone who knows the values of the club. In my opinion he has been associated with some of the best Glentoran successes in recent years and brings a desire and work ethic to help us build  the squad moving forward. I’m delighted to welcome Tim to the coaching staff and look forward to working alongside him.”

Tim spoke to today : “I’m delighted to be back and had no hesitation when Deccy first spoke to me. I’d do anything for the Glens at any time but Deccy’s passion and enthusiasm should fill everyone with confidence and positivity. He has acted quickly once the season ended to put the club in the right place for a summer of improvement in all areas of the club. He knows what it means to manage and get the best out of full-time players and I’ll be glad to help him.

Although a lot of players left we have the nucleus of a good side here and once Deccy adds the established players he wants I expect us to be in a good place. Also because my son Cillian plays for them I’ve seen a lot of the Seconds/U20s this season. They have a great squad and there are a number of them you’d be confident promoting if necessary. That’s how good Glentoran teams always operated in the past.

Deccy has said before that we need people here who know what Glentoran is and who can help others get it right away the way I did when I joined from Cliftonville. Now in the coaching team we have Deccy, Elliott, Andy Mathieson and I who have all played for good Glens teams and won trophies with the Glens. Our job now is to win more and I’m looking forward to that.”

Tim joined Glentoran from Cliftonville in December 1998 and as a player he made 281 appearances, scoring 41 goals as a right winger. He won 14 winners medals in his 8 seasons at the Oval, including 3 league titles and 3 Irish Cups, all under Roy Coyle’s management. He is a member of the 250 Club, still plays for the Glentoran Legends and his is one of the portraits in the Bet McLean Legends Bar in the Oval. When last at the club he was a first team coach under Rodney McAree when we qualified for Europe in May 2023.

There will be a full interview with Tim on GlensTV in the next few days.

Welcome back Tim!