Saturday 16 December 2017

Kenny appears on Lilies' radar after Kierans shown door

Cian O'Connell

Former Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Kenny is the early favourite for the vacant Dundalk managerial position following the dismissal of Darius Kierans.

Despite steering Dundalk to Premier League safety, Kierans' contract won't be renewed at Oriel Park, but it is thought he could be due compensation for retaining the Louth outfit's top-flight status.

A Dundalk FC statement read: "Dundalk Football Club has placed the recruitment of an experienced manager to prepare for the 2013 season at the top of our priorities."

Kenny, sacked by the Hoops in September, is being heavily linked with the role and Kierans "wasn't surprised" by what has happened since the crucial play-off win over Waterford United.

"I can understand that they are looking for an experienced manager, and a bigger name than myself and if that is the position they want to go with then I have to understand that and take that."

Meanwhile, senior FAI officials were in the west on Monday night to begin talks with Galway football stakeholders, but rumours of discontent are already emerging.


Last month FAI CEO John Delaney and Airtricity League director Fran Gavin endorsed the independent report commissioned by former Tipperary South County manager Ned O'Connor, who recommended that the city of Galway should have only one team operating in the League of Ireland by 2014.

Delaney and Gavin met with representatives from Mervue United, SD Galway, Galway United Supporters Trust, and the Galway FA. Mervue United and SD Galway are expected to be granted UEFA licences to compete in next season's First Division, but GUST's expression of interest was rebuffed.

GUST, who took over the day to day running of Galway United in 2011 before a clash with the board of directors, are said to be unhappy with the situation. A Friday evening meeting has been scheduled by GUST, who won't comment publicly until all matters have been disclosed to their own members.

Irish Independent

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