Gary Haveron has been named the Northern Ireland Football Writers' Manager of the Month for October in his first full month in charge of Glentoran.

The new boss of the East Belfast club took the reigns at the start of October and made an instant impact in reviving the club's fortunes on the field.

After taking over at The Oval with the team in 10th place, Haveron's record last month was four wins in seven matches, with just one league defeat, against Linfield in his opening match. Since then the Glens drew with Ballinamallard and finished the month with victories over Dungannon Swifts, Cliftonville and at Carrick Rangers on his return to his former club.

Speaking after receiving his award from NIFWA chairman Stephen Watson (pictured), Haveron said the players "have bought into everything we have asked them to do. It is has been a super response".

He added: There is a still a long way to go but everyone is enjoying their football and we are looking forward to Saturday's game against Portadown. Let's just hope that this award doesn't jinx me, the way it has done so many managers in the past. But I'm delighted to accept the award."