Sunday 22 October 2017

'Let down' Cooke eyes Cup glory before exit

Drogheda United manager Mick Cooke
Drogheda United manager Mick Cooke

Garry Doyle

Drogheda United manager Mick Cooke has outlined how a clash of personalities is the reason behind his impending exit.

Having presided over the second most successful era in Drogheda's history, the Dubliner was shocked to discover a month ago that his contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of this season.

Yet rather than leave immediately, Cooke is determined to finish off the campaign, which includes the EA Sports Cup final as well as tonight's Ford FAI Cup quarter-final trip to Finn Harps.

After that, the future is uncertain. "I had an offer of a contract for 2014 which was withdrawn," said Cooke. "They obviously had their reasons."

Which are? "Unless it's my personality and there's been a clash with someone on the board. Other than that, I don't know. My record speaks for itself. I didn't see this coming at all. Yes, I have a strong personality. I'm unapologetic about that.

"If you are employed as Taoiseach, you are judged on what you do for the country. I am a football manager and I expect to be judged by my results. I do feel let down. Things are going very, very well."

Monday's news of Cooke and Drogheda's impending divorce is a distraction prior to a week which will define the club's season.

"The players are focused," claimed Cooke. "Maybe I am a victim of my own success. People get expectation mixed up with reality. Anyway, the reality is we are having a good season."

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