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He thinks it's a pub league, I can't accept that - Perth

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There was no love lost between Dundalk boss Vinny Perth (pictured) and Waterford manager John Sheridan. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

There was no love lost between Dundalk boss Vinny Perth (pictured) and Waterford manager John Sheridan. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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There was no love lost between Dundalk boss Vinny Perth (pictured) and Waterford manager John Sheridan. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Dundalk manager Vinny Perth has accused former Irish international John Sheridan of showing disrespect to the League of Ireland, Perth claiming that the Waterford boss labelled it as a "pub league".

The Lilywhites had to come from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw at home to the Blues, the loss of two points doing damage to their faint hopes of retaining their league title, and Dundalk must now regroup for next week's test away to Slovenian side NK Celje in the Champions League.

But there was little love lost between the two coaches after the game, Perth claiming Sheridan had insulted the league with comments to his own players during the game.

"He said the league is a shambles, a pub league. I don't have time for that. I love this league. You've got to have a bit of class about you. This league means too much to people like me, it's a good league, full of quality, and that behaviour is not good enough," Perth said.

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Waterford manager John Sheridan and Dundalk manager Vinny Perth (right). Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Waterford manager John Sheridan and Dundalk manager Vinny Perth (right). Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Waterford manager John Sheridan and Dundalk manager Vinny Perth (right). Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

"He can take the high ground and good luck to him but it's not a pub league, not a shambles.

"He thinks it's a pub league, that was the comment and I can't accept that on behalf of the league, not just Dundalk.

"It's not respectful to come out with that stuff. I don't expect John Sheridan to respect me but I do expect him to respect the league, I care too much about it.

"He came after me to say 'what's your problem?' and I said, 'I think you have disrespected our league'. He went off, said 'who are you, you're getting the sack?'.

Sheridan attempted to play down the spat.

"It wasn't a row. Whatever he feels, he feels," Sheridan said.

"He wasn't having a pop at me, he probably thought he was very lucky to get a point out of the game."

Irish Independent