Gary: I’d love it if we could Haveron ver­sion of Macca

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SPORT - BY DAR­REN FULLER­TON

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..

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