Saturday 17 March 2018

Drogheda send for Mahon to solve Kinsella issue for relegation D-day

Manager Pete Mahon
Manager Pete Mahon
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Pete Mahon has returned to Drogheda United to help out Mark Kinsella after the expiration of the caretaker manager's permitted 60 days in charge without the proper coaching qualifications.

Kinsella does not have a UEFA Pro Licence and that puts a time limit on the period that he is officially allowed to be listed as the boss.

He recommended that Drogheda draft in Mahon, who has the qualifications, to meet licensing rules ahead of tomorrow's crunch encounter with Shamrock Rovers where Drogheda need a win to be sure of escaping automatic relegation.

Mahon will be listed in the role of first team manager but he confirmed to 98FM yesterday that Kinsella will be in charge.

"My role is to be there for Mark if he needs any advice," said Mahon, who had worked with the group until August alongside Kinsella as assistant to former boss John McDonnell.

Should Drogheda fail to take three points from Tallaght, they are relying on Limerick dropping points in Sligo to avoid the drop to the First Division.

If that scenario came to pass, they would then face into a two-legged play-off with either Finn Harps or UCD in an attempt to preserve their top-flight status. Those games are pencilled in for next Tuesday and Friday.

Irish Independent

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