Warren Feeney: Glentoran job was 'poisoned chalice' for former Linfield boss, says Scott Young

Former Glentoran boss Scott Young says that the managerial job at the east Belfast club was a "poisoned chalice" for Warren Feeney.

Feeney left Glentoran by mutual consent after nine months in charge on Friday.

Former Bohemians and Derry City boss Declan Devine has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the season.

"I feel sorry for Warren in many respects," said Young.

"He was offered the opportunity to manage Glentoran, he's an east Belfast boy, but unfortunately Glentoran fans had made their mind up before he had even arrived because of his Linfield connections.

"He couldn't knock back the opportunity to manage Glentoran and be closer to his family, but unfortunately for him it was a poisoned chalice and it was always going to be very difficult."

Feeney's departure follows last weekend's 3-0 defeat by Loughgall at the Oval, a result that saw the Glens drop to fifth place in the Irish Premiership table.

The east Belfast side are a distant 24 points adrift of leaders Larne, and won just one of their last six league outings under Feeney.

Due to the erratic nature of their performances, Young believes the time was right for the former Linfield boss to leave.

"I feel sorry that he never had the opportunity to have a few transfer windows and get to the end of the season to implement his own signings and ideas, but for himself and the football club, it was probably the right decision."

'Devine will want the job permanently'

Young, who won three league titles and three Irish Cups as a player with Glentoran, says that bringing in Devine until the end of the season is a "decent appointment".

Devine left Bohemians last weekend after an 18-month stint, following their slow start to the League of Ireland campaign.

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

"I can see the logic of bringing someone of Declan's calibre in, he's managed Derry City, he's managed Bohemians and he won the Irish Cup as a player with Glentoran, so he knows the magnitude and size of the football club," Young explained.

"He will be relishing the opportunity to come in, he knows there is an Irish Cup semi-final against Linfield and there are European places to play for and it is a good appointment to the end of the season."

Young continued: "With Declan leaving Bohemians, the opportunity was there. This appointment to the end of the season gives Declan the opportunity, but it also gives the club an opportunity to look at the bigger picture, see what else is out there and how the next few weeks and months go.

"Make no mistake about it however, Declan will want the job permanently."

'Glentoran fans in a Catch-22 situation'

After the announcement that Feeney had left the club on Friday, a statement from the Glentoran Supporters' Union - representing all supporters' clubs - said the departure of the manager "was only the beginning of the process to stop the rot".

The club's supporters groups met on Thursday to highlight the situation of the club and have requested a meeting with owner Ali Pour.

Young says he understands the fans' frustration, but that they find themselves in a "Catch-22" situation.

"The bottom line is that in football, we deal with facts and since Ali Pour has come in the club, Glentoran have won one Irish Cup, which for a club of Glentoran's size is not good enough," he admitted.

"A few supporters clubs have got together and made statements about the running of the football club and, putting their cards on the table, they have had a go at Ali and Paul Millar [club director].

"They see that Ali has put Paul in charge to implement the things that need to be done at the football club and the fans aren't happy with that, which is why they want to talk to Ali, if they can.

"It's Catch-22 because Glentoran fans realise that if it wasn't for Paul Millar, Ali Pour wouldn't have come into the football club."