Caretaker boss Pat McAllister wants Mourneview job

Pat McAllister
Pat McAllister wants the Mourneview job on a permanent basis

Glenavon caretaker boss Pat McAllister has joined the race to become the club's new manager.

McAllister, who was assistant manager to Marty Quinn at Mournview Park, will be in charge for the next two games.

"There's no question, I would like the job permanently, but we will have to wait and see," said McAllister.

Former Lisburn Distillery boss Paul Kirk and ex-Cliftonville manager Eddie Patterson have also declared an interest in replacing Quinn.

Quinn stepped down from the post on Saturday night after watching his side draw with Dungannon Swifts.

McAllister managed Donegal Celtic in the top-flight for over a year before surprisingly quitting in June last year.

"You've got to be interested in a job like that - Glenavon are potentially a massive club who have not fulfilled their promise," said Kirk.

Patterson said he would also consider the job but neither man has yet been approached.

"No-one has spoken to me but it would be something I'd think about," admitted Patterson.

Kirk has been out of top-flight Irish League management since he was surprisingly dismissed by Distillery in May, 2009.

"There is great professionalism at Mourneview Park but their progress off the field has not been matched on the field.

"I have no doubt in my ability to do the job and play the style of football that Glenavon are used to," added Kirk, who is presently managing junior club Lisburn Rangers.

Patterson was sacked by Cliftonville in April after more than five years in charge.

Former Glenavon player Glenn Ferguson, recently installed assistant at Lisburn Distillery, is another who could come into the reckoning.

Glenavon lie bottom of the Premiership, with just two wins from their 18 games.

They are two points adrift of Lisburn Distillery and Carrick Rangers.

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