Russell hit by UCD cutbacks
UCD manager Martin Russell is to lose the majority of his back-room staff, with the Belfield club set to work with a dramatically reduced budget next term, WRITES DANIEL McDONNELL.
Well-regarded first-team coach Aaron Callaghan is among those on the way out as UCD look to cut down on their non-playing staff budget. This year, 40pc of their outlay on wages went towards that department, given the emphasis on coaching emerging talent. Yet the playing budget will also be reduced, with the college authorities tightening belts.
UCD are the latest Dublin club to confirm they will be cutting back for 2011, with Bohemians and Sporting Fingal also forced to go down that road.
However, UCD will be looking for a fee if highly-rated pair Ciaran Kilduff and Greg Bolger depart. Both have attracted interest, with Bolger strongly linked with a switch to Dundalk.
UCD will be guaranteed compensation for both players as they are under 23.
Meanwhile, Bohs held a meeting with their members last night to determine the way forward for the troubled Gypsies. They have met difficulty in trying to agree settlements with contracted players, which will add complications to the radical cost-cutting they have planned.