Sunday 21 April 2019

New Mals boss Ger is raring to go

Paul Byrne

New Malahide United FC boss Ger Coughlan is raring to go and looking forward to meeting up with his new charges next Monday when the squad reconvene for pre-season training. 

Coughlan succeeds ex Shamrock Rovers player Terry Palmer who guided Mals to a very respectable fifth place finish in the Leinster Senior League Senior Sunday division last season. 

Palmer left the role as due to work commitments and that has given Coughlan the opportunity to take over in the hot seat. 

Coughlan is an A Licence coach and has worked with the NDSL, DDSL, and CSL (Cork) representative squads. He has worked with the FAI as a full-time coach on their FAI/ETB courses in both Dublin and Cork and he has also previously worked with Shelbourne and Drogheda. 

Gerard revealed he has been working around the club for the past year helping out with the U13s and jumped at the opportunity when he was asked to take over from Palmer.

'It all came a bit out of the blue to be honest. I was managing Rivervalley Rangers in the AUL last season and as well as that I was helping out in Malahide with the Under 13s. When Terry left at the end of last season I was asked would I be interested in taking over. Obviously, I jumped at the chance and I'm really looking forward to the challenge. The only thing I'm upset about is that I never actually went to see the senior team play last season whenever I was here working at the club with the youngsters. 

'I'm raging I didn't get to see them play at all but I'm looking forward to meeting them all on Monday ahead of the new season. I did manage to sit down with Terry Palmer who gave me a rundown of the squad and where he feels our strengths and weaknesses lie. I don't envisage too many new players coming in but I'll be better able to assess that after I get a look at what I have next week.

'From what I hear there is a hell of a lot of talent in the football club and I can't wait to get going. I really enjoyed my spell with Rivervalley Rangers and I thought we had a great season last year considering we started the year with just four players having lost a huge amount last summer for one reason or another.

'My teams like to play football on the ground and I am not scared to play young players. If they are good enough they are old enough in my book. I'm not going to go making any predictions about where we finish. It's such a tough league and there are a lot of teams that will fancy their chances of winning this league.

'I will ask the lads next Monday what their aims are for the season and I will be interested to hear what they say. But as I say I'm looking forward to the challenge and I'll be giving it my very best,' concluded Gerard.

Fingal Independent