Sunday 19 November 2017

Wexford Youths chairman Mick Wallace considering legal action over controversial Shane Keegan departure

Wexford Youths chairman Mick Wallace
Wexford Youths chairman Mick Wallace
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Wexford Youths chairman Mick Wallace has signalled his intention to take legal action against Galway United over the signing of its former manager Shane Keegan.

Mr Keegan's departure from Wexford Youths was finalised just hours after the side was relegated from the SSE Airtricity Premier league on Friday.

He had spent five years at the helm at Ferrycarrig Park.

But speaking on Monday, Mr Wallace - who is an Independent TD - said he is consulting his lawyers over the signing.

Describing Mr Keegan as "naive" but a "good man", Mr Wallace criticised the decision of both parties to engage before the season was over.

"The Galway incident - there is no doubt about it - it was out of order," Mr Wallace told broadcaster Alan Corcoran on South East Radio.

"(It was) very unprofessional on Galway's part to actually engage with our manager during the season. We were fighting relegation, fighting for our lives in the top level for the last number of weeks. I was really taken aback Galway would behave in this manner.

"I will take legal advice. I know they have broken the rules. How best we challenge it, I will need to take legal advice on that matter."

Mr Wallace thanked Mr Keegan for his work over the past five years at the club , but said he was "wrong" to engage with Galway in that manner.

"Do I think Shane was wrong to engage with Galway in any form during our season while we were still fighting to stay in the premier division? I do," Mr Wallace said during an interview on the station's 'Morning Mix' programme.

"He shouldn't have done that. I think he did it more out of naivety than badness. I think Shane is a very good man,  he hasn't become a bad person over night," he added.

Mr Wallace said there has already been plenty of interest expressed in the vacant manager position at Wexford Youths.

"You'd be surprised how much interest there is in it."

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