Friday 24 November 2017

Kenny to tackle Robertson after Sligo manager's Twitter outburst

Dave Robertson
Dave Robertson
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Stephen Kenny will ring Sligo Rovers manager Dave Robertson to discuss a controversial tweet he sent out during Dundalk's loss to St Patrick's Athletic on Tuesday night.

Dundalk suffered a 5-2 defeat after fielding a dramatically weakened side just 48 hours after they secured a third league title in a row on Sunday.

Kenny took the opportunity to rest his first teamers after a hectic schedule, and that helped the Saints towards a win which moved them to within one point of fifth-placed Sligo with one match remaining.

Robertson was unimpressed as a Dundalk side with a host of league debutants shipped four goals during the first half, and he took to Twitter.

"Looks like Stephen Kenny & Dundalk have chucked the towel in on the League #NoIntegrity," tweeted the Englishman.

His remarks caused a storm online, with former Dundalk player Mark Rossiter among those to voice their disapproval.

Robertson later rowed back to say that no 'insult' was intended, but Kenny was informed of his comments and indicated that he would call his counterpart to discuss the issue.

Meanwhile, Galway United's hunt for a new manager will continue after they failed to agree a deal with preferred candidate Ian McParland.

The Scot had emerged as the No 1 choice to replace Tommy Dunne, and a recommendation from Roy Keane helped his case - he was a member of the Corkman's staff at Ipswich.

McParland watched Galway's draw with Longford last Friday and there was confidence over the weekend that a deal would be completed in time for their concluding league match with Dundalk.

But Galway have not been able to reach agreement with the experienced 55-year-old - with an issue as regards his backroom staff believed to be the main issue - and that has sent them back to the drawing board.

There was strong interest from home and abroad for the vacant post and the Tribesmen will now have to consider their options.

Irish Independent

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