Football: OVAL & OUT; Kicks off with off with Ulster Football Latest 'I Feel I Had No Option. I Made My Decision on Principle and I Can't See That Changing' Jimmy Brown
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FORMER Glentoran assistant Jimmy Brown insists he will not be returning as Roy Coyle's No.2 at The Oval.
It had been hoped that Brown, who walked away from the club after a contract dispute, would reconsider his stance, but yesterday the 54-year-old played down that possibility.
"I made my decision on principle and I can't see the situation changing," he said.
"I have spoken to Roy and he knows the character I am.
"It wasn't an easy decision, and I know the timing isn't good a week before the Champions League tie with Shelbourne, but I feel I had no other option."
Brown, who has been Coyle's No.2 for the past 12 years - including eight trophy-laden seasons at the Glens - came to his decision after a breakdown in discussions over the terms of his contract.
"This has been an ongoing issue," he said. "The terms and conditions of my contract were being changed over a period of time and I wasn't prepared to go on like that.
"I had discussions with the club but then received a letter a month ago stating that there had been no change in the Board's decision. They effectively told me that the matter was closed. I soon came to the conclusion that I had to leave on a matter of principle."
Perhaps Glentoran directors thought Brown would back down from the impasse, but the former Linfield and Ballymena United player isn't one to sidestep his conscience.
"I am extremely disappointed that things have come to an end, but my mind was made up," he said. …