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Hamilton bullish despite Tuesday chaos.

Byline: MARK MCINTOSH

THREE managers lost their jobs this week on what has become known as the Carling Premiership's 'Black Tuesday', but Gary Hamilton wasn't to be put off one little bit.

The new Glenavon player/manager was as shocked as anyone when first Dixie Robinson quit lowly Dungannon Swifts on Tuesday morning before bottom club Carrick Rangers sacked Stephen Small. To round off an incredible day, Roy Walker left Ballymena United after their Irn Bru League Cup semi-final defeat to Crusaders. Hamilton said: "No one likes to see any manager lose their job but the harsh reality is that it is just going to happen in football, whether we like it or not.

"Last Tuesday was a little bit crazy with three managers going, but that would never have put me off.

"Do I fear the sack? Not at all, but if we are all being honest, it comes to every manager at some stage and that is just the reality of this job.

"But that just makes it even more of a challenge to me and I have always thrived with that sort of pressure.

"I believe I am ready for the job and the board obviously think I am the man to turn Glenavon's fortunes around. My family have always been Glenavon fans. My mother and father used to take me to watch my two uncles, Davy and Robbie Dennison, playing and my grandparents would not have missed a match.

"Sadly my nanny is no longer with us but I know she will be looking down so proud of me and I know how excited my granda is, because he has barely left my house all week! Glenavon Football Club means so much to my family and I want to make them happy for at least the next two-and-half years."

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 18, 2011
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