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Declan Devine: Interim boss named permanent Glentoran manager

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Interim boss Declan Devine has been named the permanent manager of Irish Premiership side Glentoran.

Devine was handed the role in March after the Glens parted ways with Warren Feeney.

Glentoran are fifth in the Irish Premiership table and are winless in their last five games in all competitions, which included an Irish Cup semi-final defeat by Linfield.

Devine said his “team is broken” after Saturday’s league defeat by Cliftonville, which he also called “embarrassing”.

A former Glentoran player, Devine had two spells in charge of Derry City and before moving into the Oval hotseat he was with Bohemians in the League of Ireland.

“In the month I’ve been here I’ve identified a lot of what’s wrong and needs to be fixed at various levels at the club,” Devine told the club’s website.

“We’ll deal with those. But I’ve also seen a lot of positives to be built on.”

Glentoran chairman Colin Jess said Devine had an “understanding of standards expected” at the club.

“He has identified the areas he believes can be fixed in the short term and he has also outlined a very compelling outline of what needs done this close season to put the first team back on a winning footing,” Jess added.

Glentoran’s final league match is away to Crusaders on Saturday before the east Belfast side enter the European play-offs.

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