JOHN GREGG is understood to have resigned as manager of Institute prior to tomorrow’s game against Ballinamallard.
SIMON COLLINS reports
It’s believed the Coleraine man has been very unhappy at decisions made by the club’s Board of Directors, whereby the football team came a poor second to ground developments which have been taking place.
Indeed, there had been recent rumblings of discontent in Drumahoe and confusion surrounding the future of the club’s manager following a miserable week which saw ‘Stute dumped out of the Intermediate Cup at home to Banbridge before Tuesday night’s bitterly disappointing 1-3 league defeat by lowly Larne.
It’s an open secret that the Coleraine man has been growing disillusioned with life at the Riverside following off the field activities which have hindered his attempts to rebuild the club.
It is known that Gregg was due to meet with the club’s Board last night, but it’s not known if that meeting actually took place at the time of going to Press.
Sources close to the manager have suggested that Gregg has become frustrated and recent decisions at Board level have only served to push him into a corner in relation to his future. In fact, the differences between the ‘Stute boss and the club’s hierarchy have grown wider with each passing day.
While Gregg is not expected to be in charge for tomorrow afternoon’s game against Ballinamallard, it’s believed Institute’s assistant manager, Alan Blair, will be put in charge of the team.
And there could be one young player who will know very little of what has been going on at the club as Derry City midfielder, Adam Clarke, has agreed to join Institute on loan until April.
The Inishowen youngster, however, has yet to receive international clearance and it is not known if that clearance has been received by the IFA.
Defeats by Banbridge Town and last Wednesday night’s hugely disappointing 3-1 home reversal by lowly Larne, appears to have been the straw which broke the camel’s back but, no doubt, further news will be forthcoming this weekend.