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Callaghan ready to call in favours

AARON CALLAGHAN will use his own experiences as a teenage player in England's top flight, and his contacts book from a decade in the UK, to try and help Bohemians progress next season.

The Dubliner, who was appointed Bohs boss earlier this month, has been back in Ireland for two decades but he had spells as a player with Stoke, Crewe, Oldham and Preston from 1983 to 1994, building up a list of contacts and experience.

"I played in what was the old First Division, for Stoke City, though it was so long ago most people don't remember that," said Callaghan. "I made my debut against Nottingham Forest in the 1984/85 season, and my full debut against Aston Villa the next week.

"Those experiences stood me in good stead and I hope I can bring that expertise to the players."

Figures like Neil Lennon (then Crewe) and Sam Allardyce (then Preston) were team-mates of Callaghan in his time there and he's ready to call on favours from old pals.

"I have a good relationship with certain people to call them up if I need a player," he added.

With budgets slashed at Dalymount Park -- the weekly wage bill next season is expected to be under €1,000.

"We can't offer much money to players, it's little more than petrol money," said Callaghan. "But we are offering players the opportunity to play at a high level for a great club.

"Some of these players we're talking about have aspirations of going to England, so we can give them the stage to try and do that."