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08 May 2021
NIFWA Chairman Stuart McKinley pictured with Glentoran manager Mick McDermott

Glentoran's Mick McDermott has been named Manager of the Month for April by the Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Association.

The Glens completed April unbeaten with wins over Portadown, Dungannon Swifts, Cliftonville and Larne.

Reflecting on the month, McDermott said: “I’d like to thank the Football Writers’ for selecting me as manager of the month.

“April was a difficult month for us, as we played every Saturday and Tuesday, with some big games thrown in, so to finish the month unbeaten is a big achievement.
"There were some scrappy games but overall, the players did really well considering the demands.



“I think all the players across the league deserve credit for the durability and commitment they've shown across the season. It's not easy. Our players are no different. They've worked really hard and they're still working really hard because there's still a lot to play for.”

Although Linfield are in pole position to retain the title, there’s a lot at stake for Glentoran in the month of May, with the Irish Cup and a spot in UEFA competition up for grabs.
McDermott said: “I think a successful season is getting into Europe. In terms of a successful project, our project is moving in the right direction.

“I have no doubt that trophies will come because I can see what we are putting together here behind the scenes as well as on the pitch. We've put together a good group and a good squad trying to re-build the club and get back the credibility of competing at the highest level."