Monday 16 September 2019

'I knew I was a dead man walking' - Collie O'Neill opens up on his UCD departure to LOI Weekly

UCD and Collie O'Neill have parted company
UCD and Collie O'Neill have parted company
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Collie O’Neill has opened up on the reasons for his surprise exit from UCD, stating his belief that the writing was on the wall after an argument with the board over team selection.

O’Neill left his position with the students last month but told the LOI Weekly podcast that he traced tensions back to a defeat to Waterford at the end of July.

"I knew I was a dead man walking," said O’Neill. “I chose to play a player that didn't go down well with a member of the board. The decision I made was due to football reasons."

O’Neill also confirmed that goalkeeper Conor Kearns missed out on that game due to an internal suspension imposed by the club.

That dated back to his conduct after a win over Bohemians which duly earned him a five game ban from the FAI.

The Drogheda man admitted that he made mistakes this year, and said that a change of team shape was cited as a reason for his exit along with poor results. He was shown the door three days after a 10-1 defeat to Bohemians.

The full interview with O’Neill is on the new LOI Weekly pod where St Patrick’s Athletic Director of Football Ger O’Brien also hit out at ‘keyboard warriors’ that lashed out on social media before and after the exit of Harry Kenny.

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