The Dermot Keely Column

Despite my love of all things Dundalk I have to say it is great to see other teams challenging them in the race for this years League title.

Bohs have done fantastically well in the first couple of matches, Keith Long deserves great credit for his work both last season and this one.  His young team are doing him proud.

Shamrock Rovers are currently on top of the League, though with a match extra played must be giving their fans hope that they can challenge for a League title this year.

Speaking of Rovers, what about the decision of the Competitions Director to make Finn Harps travel to Tallaght on a Monday evening after playing at home on the previous Friday!

Finn Harps are a semi-professional team with players having to take time of work for midweek matches. No consideration was given to this. It was not Harps fault that Tallaght will not available in May, nor indeed was it the fault of Rovers. But Rovers have a full time set up. Why could the fixture not have been swapped? Only the Competition Director knows…..   I am sure he will be delighted to explain his decision to us all. I don’t think so!!

I read with interest the comments of Stuey Byrne during the week and I suppose they are particularly relevant, with todays footballers seeming to have greater power than the Manager. Stuey wrote that I cured him of that! In fairness to Stuey I don’t think he was challenging the authority of the Manager, he just thought he knew better and he could have been right. But as a Manager, I knew that I had to get results to survive and I always took the view that if I was going to get sacked I would get myself sacked. This meant that players did as they were told because in the end I was the one going to get the bullet. For that reason it was my way or the highway. I do not think this philosophy would survive in this day and age.

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