Tuesday 12 December 2017

Bohs look for ways to keep Heary in hot seat

Owen Heary
Owen Heary
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

BOHEMIANS have confirmed the appointment of Owen Heary as their caretaker manager until September and hope that he can continue in the role for at least the remainder of this season.

The veteran defender has impressed as deputy since Aaron Callaghan was sacked, taking four points from crucial relegation battles with Bray Wanderers and Drogheda United. He lacks the UEFA Pro Licence which is necessary for top-flight managers and the rules state that, unless he registers for a course, he can only stay in charge for a 60-day period – that expires on September 12.

There is no option available in Ireland in the short term, with the FAI having no plans for a course this year. As one of the smaller leagues, their current arrangement only allows them to run a Pro Licence session every two years.

Bohemians can pursue options in other countries for Heary but the limited time frame is against them. The alternative would be to bring in someone with the qualifications who could work alongside the Dubliner for the final stretch of a season which ends in October.

The Gypsies are engaged in a fight with the drop and have a huge game this Friday, when UCD visit Dalymount Park. UCD have their own problems, with the future of manager Martin Russell in doubt.

Meanwhile, ex-Bohs midfielder Graham Carey has joined SPL side Ross County on a free transfer after his release from St Mirren, while Sligo Rovers' Ryan Connolly has joined Longford Town on loan for the remainder of the season.

With the deadline for transfers between League of Ireland clubs closing today, Drogheda's Brian Gannon leaves to join Shels, while Cork City have parted company with Denis Behan and Adam Rundle.

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