Wednesday 16 January 2019

Derry City boss Kenny Shiels says suggestions the Candystripes are in the title race are 'outrageous'

Kenny Shiels and Derry City have parted ways
Kenny Shiels and Derry City have parted ways
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

DERRY CITY manager Kenny Shiels says that any suggestion his club are title challengers is 'outrageous' and argued it would be impossible for his young side to push for the crown.

The Candystripes followed up a six game winning run by drawing 2-2 away to Dundalk last night and they are six points off the leaders with a match in hand.

However, Shiels has claimed that he only has the fifth strongest squad in the league and even claimed that under pressure Shamrock Rovers have the best players before correcting that opinion to add Dundalk, Cork and Waterford to that bracket.

"That's outrageous, that is absolutely outrageous," he said, "How can a young team like that win the League of Ireland? It's impossible.

"We have seven current U21 internationals. Four of those are still teenagers. We need to look to try and get into Europe. We must be realistic about what we can achieve with what we have. Maybe one of the cups, if we can do that, would be fantastic.

"There's Cork and there's Dundalk and there's Waterford and there's Shamrock Rovers. Shamrock Rovers have the best players in the league," continued Shiels, expanding on his attempts to play down expectations.

When asked to clarify that view on the Rovers squad, in light of a 1-1 draw with Limerick that will place further pressure on Stephen Bradley, Shiels slightly rowed back.

"I think they've the best players in the league, aye," he said. "Them, Dundalk, Cork and Waterford. We're in around number five. If we can finish above fifth, it would be a hell of an achievement."

Derry welcome Rovers to the Brandywell next Friday.

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