Paul Kirk says he has had no contact with Glenavon

Paul Kirk
Paul Kirk managed Lisburn Distillery until May 2009

Former Lisburn Distillery boss Paul Kirk says he has had "no contact whatsoever" with Glenavon officials over the club's managerial vacancy.

Kirk had expressed an interest in the job and believes he could resurrect the fortunes of the Mourneview Park club.

"The culture in the Irish League now seems to be one of appointing from within, which denies qualified coaches the chance to apply," argued Kirk.

The Glenavon board are expected to meet to discuss the vacancy this week.

"People such as myself often don't get the opportunity to apply for jobs because they are generally not advertised," continued Kirk.

"Clubs should be forced to adhere to the same employment laws as other businesses.

"I have a good record of working with young players and getting the best out of players who have not fulfilled their potential at other clubs.

"It angers me when I read managers saying that there is not enough talent at their clubs - it is the job of a coach to improve players, anyone can work with players who are the finished article."

Ex-Cliftonville boss Eddie Patterson is another who has indicated a willingness to take up the reins at the mid-Ulster outfit.

"The club are aware of my interest - I'm just sitting tight and seeing what happens," Patterson told the BBC.

Among those believed to be in the running to succeed Marty Quinn are former Glenavon player and current Distillery assistant Glenn Ferguson, and Pat McAllister, who has been put in temporary charge of the side.

The Lurgan Blues recovered from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Carrick Rangers at Seaview on Saturday.