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Glentoran announce new club management team

Paul Leeman and Gary Smyth will join continuing Glentoran boss Ronnie McFall in the management team. Credit: Pacemaker

Former Glentoran player Gary Smyth is joining the management team at Glentoran, as assistant to Ronnie McFall.

The club made the announcement on Thursday, following speculation that Smyth would take over the reins.

A statement confirmed that McFall would in fact remain as manager for the forth coming season, but with Smyth joining in a senior position.

Glentoran also announced the return of another former player in Paul Leeman, who will work closely with Under 20s manager David Lowry and the Glentoran Academy.

Both Smyth and Leeman have signed three-year contracts.

Kieran Harding continues as joint assistant manager with responsibility for first team coaching after joining Glentoran with McFall in February.

We have long wanted to bring Gary and Paul back to the club, but on previous occasions, time and circumstances weren’t right.

Now they have returned, we are confident their talent, experience and understanding of Glentoran will prove invaluable in the years to come.

– Stephen Henderson, Glentoran chairman

Chairman Stephen Henderson said: “We are very pleased to have been able to put this management team together.

“Ronnie has agreed to lead a new structure as we prepare the ground for a regime we believe can successfully work to return the club to the sustainable competitive position we all expect.

“It was critical to the club to appoint people that had the correct balance of talent, professionalism, fortitude, hunger and a real connection with a fan base that have remained steadfast and loyal through our difficult recent seasons.”

He added: “Supporters and the Board have felt for some time that the management team at the Oval needed to include some presence with an understanding of Glentoran and of the standards historically set by the club.

“With Ronnie, Gary and Paul, we now have three men who between them amassed 1,104 first team appearances and 43 winner’s medals during their combined 38 seasons involved with the Glentoran first team.”

Gary Smyth comes back to Glentoran from Harland & Wolff Welders. Credit: Pacemaker