Declan Devine: Glentoran's new caretaker manager delighted with 'positive start'

Declan Devine parted company with Bohemians last Sunday
Declan Devine had two seasons as a player at Glentoran in the mid-1990s

Glentoran interim manager Declan Devine was impressed with the team as they beat Dungannon Swifts 3-0 in his first game in charge.

The former Bohemians and Derry City boss Devine was appointed to the end of the season after Warren Feeney's departure on Friday.

"I encouraged the players before the game to showcase their talent and thankfully they did that," he said.

"There were a lot of good performances and it's a very positive start."

Devine left Bohemians last Sunday following their slow start to the League of Ireland campaign.

A Glentoran statement described Devine as a "vastly experienced coach and manager."

As a player, Devine's two seasons at Glentoran included helping the club win the Irish Cup in 1996.

In addition to his two spells at Derry City and 18-month stint with Bohemians, Devine's coaching career has included four years as Northern Ireland Under-16 manager when current Glentoran midfielder Aaron Wightman was among the the players he worked with.

Devine was appointed Bohemians manager in October 2022 and his side made a strong start to the 2023 campaign before eventually fading to sixth spot.

Bohs also reached the FAI Cup final last season where they were defeated by St Patrick's Athletic but the Dublin club opted to part company with the Derryman last weekend after the home defeat by League of Ireland leaders Shelbourne.

Devine will face the task of steadying the ship at the Oval after Feeney left the club by mutual consent on Friday after only nine months in charge.

Last Saturday's 3-0 home defeat by Loughgall dropped the Glens to fifth spot in the Irish Premiership table and they are 24 points behind leaders Larne but the win at Dungannon sees them move up to fourth.

The Glens still have a chance of securing silverware this season with their Irish Cup semi-final against Linfield at the Oval coming up on 29 March.

Short-term stay at Oval

Devine said that the decision to manage the club to the end of the season "suited everyone".

He added: "It's exactly what I need at the minute - I don't need long-term strategies. I'm looking forward to the next seven-eight weeks and that's what my remit is.

"I was probably more surprised than anybody that the call came [from Bohemians] - then within a few days you get another phone call and get involved with another monster football club," added Devine.

"It was a no-brainer for me. Pressure is a privilege and and I'm here to help. I feel I can be an asset for the club.

"There's a very talented group of players here, there's lots of potential and lots to play for.

"I just want harmony and if everyone's pulling in the same direction we can have a good end to the season."