Friday 19 January 2018

President's Cup proposal is very positive move

Seamus Coleman
Seamus Coleman

The possibility of a President's Cup similar to the Charity Sheild is a really exciting proposal by the League. Most of the European leagues have a similar game prior to the season and why should we be any different?

The fact that President Higgins will be the inaugural President for this competition is wonderful as he has been a loyal supporter of our League long before he was the President of the country. He was a regular in Terryland to support his beloved Galway United.

The game will be played at the home of the League champions which I don't fully agree with. I think a two legged game would be a better option as at the time of year both teams could use the game for fitness as it would be played before the season commences.

I think players would prefer a competitive game at that stage of their preparations for the League.

It's a good idea and this competition enhances the league in my opinion.

The second highest scorer in the history of our league Jason Byrne made the return to Dalymount Park last week to be reunited with his old teammate Owen Heary.

Jason really has Brendan Bradley's remarkable goalsoring record in his sight but I think he may come up short in trying to catch the Ulster man, who, incidentally, scored quite a lot of his goals while playing for Rovers in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was on the Rovers team which reached the FAI Cup final in 1981 where they were beaten by Dundalk.

Owen has recruited well for Bohs and they could be a surprise package for many teams in the League.

Jason Byrne's move highlights the difficulties that Bray are having and with Gary Dempsey not committing, Kieran Marty Waters gone to Shams, they face serious losses. We may see Longford Town come into the Premier Division if things don't improve at Bray. I would not wish for the demise of any club but it would be great to have another neighbour in our League.

The drama is really building up in English soccer and I'm sure all Rovers followers are thrilled to see our former hero, Seamus Coleman, (pictured above) doing so well at Everton.

He is on every paper, talked about in every football conversation and I even saw him in a poll as one of the top ten players in Europe.

It has been an amazing season for the Killybegs man but I'm sure he is embarrassed about all the hype surrounding him at present.

Seamie won't lose the run of himself as one of his great strengths is his humility. I'm sure he will stay focussed on the job ahead.

The appointment of Roberto Martinez as Everton manager has been a major factor in his form. The manager has allowed Seamie to play much higher up the field and he's given him that confidence to attack constantly. The style of football Martinez has introduced has helped not only Seamie to thrive but the team in general.

Seamie has been the main benefactor as with the old manager he was restricted more to defending and in truth his defensive abilities are nowhere near as good as his attacking ability.

Seamus at present is the best attacking full back in the Premiership and maybe he would he be in the top full backs in Europe on his current form?

He has been courted by a few clubs but I don't see him leaving Everton.

It took him a while to settle and with his fiancé Rachel now living and working in Liverpool I think he will stay at Goodison.

The monetary side of it would not persuade Seamie in anyway as his happiness would mean far more to him.

He has a ruthless streak and with the winners' attitude he should definitely make the team of the year, and who knows what other personal accolades await the Donegal man.

Our former manager, Paul Cook has his club Chesterfield in a very positive position as they enter the New Year.

They were top of League Two at Christmas but postponements have seen them drop to third in a very tight league.

With three going up from that division, he has a great opportunity to manage in League 1.

I would personally love to see Cookie achieve promotion as I have never met anyone with the genuine football knowledge he possesses.

With Gerry Carr and Eoin Doyle also involved, it could be a great year in England for some of Rovers former employees.

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