Gannon to take reins at Dundalk
FIRST Division club Dundalk have appointed former player Jim Gannon as their new manager.
The 36-year-old began his professional career at the club back in 1987 and yesterday he returned to Oriel Park to kick-off his new career as a manager.
"I am excited and proud. Dundalk is a very ambitious club and everybody's priority is promotion. The current crop of players is excellent and they are well capable of winning promotion," said Gannon.
The former centre half spent two seasons at Oriel Park during which he was part of Turlough O'Connor's double winning side before moving to Sheffield United in a £70,000 transfer.
A UEFA A Licence coach, Gannon succeeds Trevor Anderson who resigned 11 days ago after managing to win just 10 of his 55 league games in charge.
He is a passionate believer in the importance of clubs developing their own talent and hopes to reverse the recent trend of promising Dundalk youngsters joining Dublin schoolboy clubs.
Gannon will take charge of the Dundalk side for tomorrow night's league game at home to Bray Wanderers and won't finalise his backroom staff until he has talked to those currently holding down positions at the club.
Gannon, who was available at 25/1 from some Dundalk bookies over the weekend, edged out odds-on favourite Tony Cousins, who had planned to bring former Dundalk coach Tommy Connolly back to the club.
Gannon has signed a short term contract until end of season. Once the Bray match is out of the way Gannon will have two weeks before his next fixture as Dundalk's home game with UCD on May 20 is one of six postponed by the Eircom League because of players involved in the Four Nations Tournament.
Meanwhile, another Irish international was handed his P45 yesterday after midfielder Graham Farrelly was released by Wigan Athletic.
But one player who has landed a new two year contract is Tony Scully who joined Notts County yesterday after spending the season with three different non-league clubs.
POSTPONED GAMES - May 20: Dublin C v Waterford U; Dundalk v UCD. May 21: Bohs v St Pat's; Drogheda v Shels; Bray W v Limerick. May 22 : Kildare County v Finn Harps.