Manager is looking for seventh heaven

The Glenavon team who played at Planters Park. INLM3212-101gc
The Glenavon team who played at Planters Park. INLM3212-101gc

GARY Hamilton is refusing to make any grand promises to Glenavon supporters ahead of the new season.

The Blues begin their Danske Bank Premiership campaign on Saturday and Hamilton knows that, in his first full season as Glenavon boss, his side must walk before they can run.

The Lurgan side have finished in the bottom four in the last nine consecutive seasons that they’ve been in the top division and Hamilton’s agenda for the coming campaign is to bring that dreadful run to an end by finishing in seventh spot.

“To improve, we need to get out of that bottom four and we want to be clear of fighting relegation by the time the league splits this season,” he said.

“We’re confident that we can avoid that situation because of the way the boys have worked in pre-season but we can’t aim too high either.

“We’ve been where we have been in the last few seasons for a reason and we’re not going to be challenging for titles but there’s no reason why we can’t push for sixth or seventh spot. Whether we achieve that is another thing but the one thing that the board and we as a group don’t want is to be in the bottom three or four.

“If we get a cup run on the back of it then happy days but the most important thing is making progress and building for next season again. If we can do that, people will see that we’re making steps forward and then we can build on that again.

“The most important thing is to make a good start to the season and not be in the position that we were in last season. That was unacceptable for a club of Glenavon’s standards. Maybe I have high demands of people and myself personally but I don’t want the club to be in the bottom four.

“A club of Glenavon’s stature doesn’t deserve to be there, the fans don’t deserve it and the people who have worked hard in the team don’t deserve it either. That’s our main aim this season.”