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Sunday 4 December 2016

Stan's Irish left in lurch

Published 23/03/2010 | 05:00

Steve Staunton used 44 players in his 25 games in charge of Darlington, with the majority brought to the club during the past five months. The five Irishmen he recruited now face an uncertain future with his departure.

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TADHG PURCELL (25)

The Dubliner has actually turned out to be a popular acquisition, making the most of a break into the English game after parting with Shamrock Rovers by mutual consent having failed to stay in the team regularly at Tallaght. Five goals in the early weeks with his new employers means that Purcell will be courted by other League Two bosses when inevitable relegation happens.

SIMON MADDEN (21)

The right-back spent most of last year watching Shamrock Rovers from the stands and was released at the end of the campaign. Staunton brought him to Darlington in January and installed him at right back with mixed fortunes thus far.

GARY DEMPSEY (29)

The Waterford man made waves in the SPL earlier in his career but failed to make an impression in a two-year stint with St Patrick's Athletic where he commanded significant wages. Not on that kind of money with Darlington, obviously not the force of old.

SHANE REDMOND (20)

The Irish U-21 'keeper is on loan from Nottingham Forest and has certainly found an experience where he is likely to be very busy. Has conceded a few sloppy goals but will learn a lot from this brief sojourn.

RICHIE BYRNE (28)

The ex-Shamrock Rovers man forged a successful enough living in Scotland, yet the last couple of years things haven't gone so well, with Oldham, Inverness and St Johnstone unhappy hunting grounds. Likely to be on his travels again soon.

Staunton in Stats as Ireland Manager

PLAYED: 17

WON: 6

DREW: 6

LOST: 5

GOALS FOR: 24

GOALS AGAINST: 18

As Darlington Manager

PLAYED: 25

WON: 2

DREW: 3

LOST: 20

GOALS FOR: 17

GOALS AGAINST: 56

Overall

PLAYED: 42

WON: 8

DREW: 9

LOST: 25

GOALS FOR: 41

GOALS AGAINST: 74

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