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What a Mauch up; 'Glenavon never had enough faith in me,' rages Ally.

Ally Mauchlen is back in the little world of Oadby Town. Dreams of managing Glenavon are driven from his mind.

But the Scot has bitter last words on why he rejected Mourneview.

"Glenavon did not show enough faith in me," accuses the man who once captained Leicester City.

"They offered a two-and-a-half year contract but it contained a trap door.

"The board wanted a clause to part company if I didn't succeed fast enough. And I became aware some directors didn't want me at all."

Mauchlen points out he was gambling heavily.

"I'd have moved to Northern Ireland and given up a pensionable post with British Gas," he explains. "It was total commitment and I felt a tremendous buzz.

"But then I discovered Glenavon were not prepared to take the same risks."

Ally is confident he could have gone all the way at Mourneview. But he insists: "It's not a quick turn-round job for any manager.

"With Glenn Ferguson wishing to leave the club, there is bound to be uncertainty in the dressing room, and the speculation about myself and Alan Campbell hasn't helped."

If player power had counted, Mauchlen would be in the manager's office. He acknowledges: "They seemed to want me and that made the job all the more attractive.

"But it isn't players who hire and fire and I just couldn't take the chance on half the board turning against me a small way down the road."

Ally is determinedly upbeat over an immediate future with his Leicester non-leaguers.

"If we beat Tooting next month," says the 37-year-old, "we are into the last 16 of the FA Vase. That's not bad considering over 500 started out on the road to Wembley.

"I've played 27 matches this season and looked forward to finding out if I could still do the business for Glenavon. Now I'll never know."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Clark, Bill
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 21, 1997
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