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Roy Coyle back at Glentoran alongside boss Scott Young

Roy Coyle and Scott Young
Coyle's appointment alongside Young was confirmed on Monday

Roy Coyle's return to the Oval as Glentoran's director of football alongside manager Scott Young has been confirmed by the club.

As revealed by BBC Sport on Sunday, interim manager Young has been handed a further one-year deal and will be supported by former Glens boss Coyle.

If Glentoran qualify for Europe, Coyle will take charge for those games.

This is because Young does not yet possess the necessary Uefa licence to manage teams in European action.

However, Coyle has insisted that his appointment to the director of football role will not be any "threat" to Young's managerial position.

"I am not going back into management," said Coyle, who resigned as Glentoran manager four years ago.

I will give him advice but I will not be telling him what to do

Roy Coyle

"I don't pose a threat to Scott Young in any shape or form.

"I'm here as long as the board and Scott Young want me. It's as simple as that.

"There will be no interference from me. I will give him advice but I will not be telling him what to do."

Coyle told a press conference that he had been "impressed" by Young's opening weeks in charge at the Oval.

"I have watched him over a few weeks. His pre-match and post-match comments have been very impressive for a young manager."

Young insisted that he was delighted to have Coyle as part of his backroom team.

"I have huge respect for him, for what he has achieved so to be learning from him is going to be invaluable," added Young.

Glentoran chairman Aubrey Ralph confirmed that Coyle will "lead the team" if the club qualifies for European action this summer.

"There are no smoke and mirrors about that," added the Glens chairman.


"The club has been impressed by Scott's enthusiasm and application and we are doubly delighted that Roy Coyle has accepted the position of director of football.

"Roy will be a mentor and advisor to Scott while he continues his coaching education.

"We believe that the establishment of this great management team can lead to further success both on and off the field."

Young was appointed as interim manager after Alan McDonald quit the club in early March.

Coyle won three league titles before resigning as manager in 2006.

The Glens are anxious to avoid a repeat of the embarrassing situation in 2007 when Roy Walker was unable to manage the side because he did not hold the required Uefa qualifications.

Glentoran have been in contact with the Irish FA to confirm that Coyle's coaching qualifications will enable the club to compete in European competition.

Glentoran also see the vastly experienced Coyle as complementing the 32-year-old Young, who is in his first management job.

Coyle quit as Glens boss following a run of poor results and went on to manage Newry City.

In addition to the three titles, Glentoran also won four Irish Cups during Coyle's eight-year reign, plus five County Antrim Shield triumphs and three CIS League Cups.

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see also
Roy Coyle's view
31 Mar 10 |  Irish
Glentoran 1-3 Linfield
06 Mar 10 |  Irish
Young out to extend stay at Glens
04 Mar 10 |  Irish
McDonald resigns as Glens manager
01 Mar 10 |  Irish
Walker unable to take Glens job
26 May 07 |  Irish
Coyle quits as Glentoran manager
02 Feb 06 |  Irish

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