HE’D PAT IT RIGHT
Gary: I’d love it if we could Haveron version of Macca
GARY HAVERON would give anything to have a young Pat Mcallister in a Glentoran shirt this season.
The Oval boss played with the teak tough former Coleraine skipper in the early2000s when he was a young man making his way in the Irish League. And he has fond memories of an inspirational midfielder (above right) who took no prisoners. Following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to rivals Linfield at The Oval, Haveron was left to rue the lack of a Mcallister-like figure at the heart of a Glentoran side languishing eighth in the league table. The Glens boss, who plans big changes in the summer, said: “Real leadership comes in different guises. “You have players you follow by example – the likes of Pat Mcallister at Coleraine. “I played alongside Packie and he didn’t have to speak to you, you just followed him. He had that affect on you. “Truth be told, he probably scared me, but he was a winner. He would have run through you – or over the top of you. “He always had that personal drive to put the team on the front foot.” Haveron believes a vocal and dynamic presence is currently lacking in a Glentoran side that has won just three of its 18 games at home this season. He said: “I turned around an hour into Saturday’s game and (Linfield captain) Jamie Mulgrew was emptying one of his team mates for not doing what they were supposed to do. “I thought ‘there’s leadership’. I’m not saying we don’t have good characters in our dressingroom because we do, but we need to have people who are vocal and bring drive.” Haveron knows it will take patience, a summer clear out and a couple of transfer windows to turn things around. But the 35-year-old, who succeeded Alan Kernaghan in September, accepts the clock is ticking on his efforts to revive the East Belfast giants. “I’m not shying away from the fact, results haven’t been good enough,” he said. “We all have to do more and I have to address things. I haven’t always got it right. “The board has been patient, but ultimately, that will only last so long.”
Gary Haveron says his Glens team requires more drive PLENTY TO PONDER..