There won’t be a day off on the Friday if they win – but how former St Mirren boss Oran Kearney and Coleraine would love to beat the Europa League odds again.
A school teacher by day, Kearney turns into a Europa League manager again tonight as his Bannsiders team host Motherwell in the second round of Europa League qualifying.
It’s a huge match for the Northern Irish side, having amazingly beaten Maribor away from home to set this clash up. Both sides will fancy their chances but again Coleraine are underdogs when part-time faces full-time.
This Europa League run Coleraine are on is something nobody at the club wants to end, the last couple weeks of Maribor praise getting the team a ‘taste’ for European glory according to Kearney.
“I don’t know about that,” Kearney joked of a potential sick day if Coleraine pull off a win. “It would be brilliant to go through. With everybody already knowing the draw for the next round, Albania or Israel, you’d need to ask a very good boss for some time off.
“So we’ll not push too far. We’re in a good place as a squad and there’s a good vibe there. I’m glad the Maribor game was two weeks ago and this game didn’t come a week later.
“I think with the euphoria and adrenaline of the Maribor game, and probably even the energy expended, it probably would have taken a few of our lads 10-12 days to get back physically training normally.
“Mentally as well, all the praise that they received was nice but it was great to reset again. We trained really well last week, had a competitive game against Linfield and that tuned us in again.
“As a club we’re in uncharted territory and we’ve made progress, and the last couple of weeks have given everyone a real taste for it. I don’t think they want it to stop, and it’s about going out again and making sure that we hit that level and we give ourselves a chance.”