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Jackman backs Amond to repeat his Cup heroics at Wembley

Newport County's Padraig Amond. Photo: Reuters
Newport County's Padraig Amond. Photo: Reuters
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Former Ireland international Bernard Jackman has backed his fellow Carlow native Pádraig Amond to repeat his FA Cup heroics at Wembley when Spurs host Newport County in a replay this evening.

Jackman is currently head coach of the Dragons, who share their home ground Rodney Parade with the soccer team, and he has been following Amond's progress closely.

Amond's goal put the League Two side on the verge of a famous Cup upset before Harry Kane's equaliser forced a replay.

"Pádraig Amond, he's a good mate of mine," Jackman said.

"We have a Nando's once a week. His partner, at the start, she was still up in Manchester so we were two bachelors in Newport so we used to meet up once a week for a while. It's great.

"The WRU (Welsh Rugby Union) own Rodney Parade, it's great to see one of the host tenant clubs do well and I think it shows that there's an appetite for sport and success in the city so obviously it's up to us to make sure we build a team that can bring success as well.

tenants "If we can have us doing well, Newport County doing well and Newport RFC, who are also tenants, doing well then it can become a city of sport because it had gone away. Newport County were a couple of minutes from getting relegated last year. Mark O'Brien kept them up.

"So they were staring into the abyss, the Dragons, if the shareholders hadn't have voted to accept the WRU ownership, the Dragons would have been no more and hopefully now we can see, this FA Cup run is going to give Newport County some good revenue to try to build.

"I think the recruitment and the work we're doing day to day will have the Dragons as a decent side next year.

"Hopefully for the end of this year but definitely next season. Hopefully Newport can become a good little city of sport."

Jackman revealed that Amond, 29, has spent time at Dragons' training with a view to further his coaching experience.

"He's a really good bloke, he came up to watch Dragons training in October because I think he wants to coach. He's just always looking to learn.

"They could have won the game but I think before the draw they were hoping for an away draw to a big team. Now they've got both, they got a home game and then get the money from an away draw and get to play in Wembley so it's exciting for them."

  • Tottenham v Newport County, Live, BT Sport 2, 7.45

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