Thursday 29 September 2016

Robertson eager to lead Sligo troops on new offensive

Darragh Cox

Published 24/11/2015 | 02:30

Dave Robertson after he was announced as the new Sligo Rovers manager
Dave Robertson after he was announced as the new Sligo Rovers manager

Ex-commando Dave Robertson expects his Sligo Rovers troops to lead from the front at the Showgrounds next season.

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The former marine was unveiled yesterday and becomes the club's seventh manager in the past two years.

"We need to inject a bit of pace and excitement into the team," said former Peterborough boss Robertson. "Over the past number of years the club has built itself on a possession-based style of play.

"What I want to do is to add a little bit of a dynamic, youthful, attacking flair to the team that will give us the penetration, and the real cutting edge that we need going forward.

"That is where the rebuilding process will be starting."

Robertson said his career as a marine required attributes that can be transferred into football.

"The discipline style of things is important, and I learned a lot about management and leadership under pressure," he said.

Heritage

"But that is in the past now. I am a very proud Englishman with an Irish heritage. My mum and my nan came from county Wicklow and my wife comes from Navan.

"It is a rebuilding job and I have spoken to the board at some length about how we can do that together.

"First stage is to recruit a squad that is really going to be able to compete next season and then take the club forward."

Rovers have tied up just one player since the end of the season - young defender Regan Donelon - while Gary Boylan signed a new deal towards the end of the campaign, and John Russell also remains under contract.

Robertson says the recruitment drive starts today.

"I will be meeting some of the players in Dublin and I will meet the rest on Wednesday at the Showgrounds, and assess where they are at in their mindset," he said.

"I want players who are committed, hungry, full of passion and desire.

"I will be looking at bringing someone over from England as an assistant, and possibly a player-coach.

"My ambition is to move this club forward and to get it back to some of the glory days it has experienced not too long ago."

Irish Independent

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