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Last Updated: Friday, 3 February 2006, 09:19 GMT
McDonald interested in Glens job
Former NI star Alan McDonald
Former NI star Alan McDonald is interested in the Glentoran job
Former Northern Ireland captain Alan McDonald has put his name forward to succeed Roy Coyle as Glentoran boss.

McDonald, who won 52 caps, worked as an assistant coach at Swindon Town and coached the Northern Ireland senior team when Sammy McIlroy was in charge.

"I would be a fool not to be interested in the job," he told the News Letter.

Meanwhile, Glens captain Paul Leeman said he was "very shocked" at Coyle's decision to resign on Thursday after a poor run of results.

Leeman added: "Things have not been going too well lately but I was confident we would come through the bad spell.

"Roy Coyle was a fantastic manager for Glentoran and you only have to look at the number of trophies he won at the club.

"It is sad the way it happened but these things happen in football and we have to move on now."

Former QPR star McDonald is returning to Northern Ireland after living in England for 20 years.

"I always intended to get involved in coaching when I got back home," he said.

"I have been in England for a while but have always kept my contacts with the local scene and still get the results.

"I didn't think Roy would quit but he had a few days away for a break to think things over and he has obviouslt decided to go.

"Glentoran are a big club and have a wonderful history."

Other names being mentioned as possible successors at the Oval include Coyle's former assistant Jimmy Brown, now in charge at Glenavon and former Northern Ireland international Michael O'Neill.

Glens assistant manager Tommy Kincaid will take charge for Saturday's Carnegie Premier League game at home against Coleraine.




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