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Sport Glentoran No2 Paul Millar doesn't get the credit he deserves, says Mick McDermott

05:35  15 january  2022
05:35  15 january  2022 Source:   belfastlive.co.uk

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Glentoran manager Mick McDermott says assistant boss and trusted sidekick Paul Millar “doesn’t get the credit he deserves” for helping transform the Ovalmen into genuine title challengers.

He also believes his experienced No2, who was an integral part of Ali Pour’s takeover of the club in 2019, should be commended for the Big Two giants' recruitment drive in recent transfer windows.

Former Watford midfielder Sean Murray, striker Michael O’Connor and ex-Derry City defender Darren Cole have all been snapped up in the current window.

McDermott, who is today named Aktivora Manager of the Month for December, said: “The big thing for me has been Paul Millar’s recruitment.

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“I think we've done well in our transfer windows and I think he deserves a lot of credit. We know what we need and Paul goes and gets it.

“He has been involved in Irish League football for years and he knows the clubs and players inside out.

“We work on these things together to work out exactly what we need and he has a lot of contacts with agents, other clubs and players.

“I don’t deal with any of the financial side. We have a budget we have to work with but Paul is the one who goes and gets it done.

“He’s really good at that. In his life outside of football he runs a very successful social enterprise charity, so he is meticulous with numbers and accounts.

“He takes a lot of things away from me and he is very good at it."

McDermott says wealthy businessman Pour’s takeover of Glentoran in the summer of 2019 wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Millar who returned to the Mersey Street club in April 2019.

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The 55-year-old, who managed the Big Two giants in the mid-2000s, had been Gary Hamilton’s assistant for seven years at Glenavon before making a shock switch to East Belfast.

“We can’t hide the fact that Paul was the reason the takeover at Glentoran happened,” said McDermott.

“I know there are fans who maybe weren’t sure or gave him a bit of stick, but if it wasn’t for Paul Millar, the locks would have been on the gates at the Oval.

"I honestly don’t think he gets the credit he deserves.”

Glentoran, who last lifted the league title in 2009, lie third in the Danske Bank Premiership ahead of Monday night’s trip to Cliftonville.

The Reds are a point above in second place with leaders Linfield, who host Ballymena United at Windsor Park today, two points clear at the summit.

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