Monday 27 March 2017

Foster's Dundalk job on line

IAN Foster is expecting to be in the hunt for a job when the Airtricity League season finishes next month, WRITES RUAIDHRI O'CONNOR.

Dundalk have not offered the Liverpudlian manager a new contract and with the club's ownership currently up in the air, the former Galway United boss is not expecting to take charge of the Lilywhites for a third season.

Foster was sent off during Tuesday's extra-time FAI Cup defeat to Bohemians, which effectively ended his team's season, but he believes he has improved things on a tight budget at Oriel Park.

"It's an unfortunate what's going on at the minute (behind the scenes)," he said. "If I'm honest, I've got six games to go as manager of Dundalk football club and I don't think I'm going to be offered a contract and that's a shame, because I would have loved to have kept working with this football club and this group of players.

"But I don't think it will happen because I haven't been approached. But for my own sake and my family, I'll continue to keep working for six weeks. I've got bills to pay.

"I'll stand by what I've done at this football club.

"The current owner (Gerry Matthews) wants to relinquish control of the club. We've progressed on a hugely reduced budget to the previous regime, but it doesn't seem to be of any gratification to anybody that we've done that."

Irish Independent

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