Q. Following your success in the Michael Ward Trophy, do you plan on making it two trophies from two when travelling to Scotland this week? That’s very much the plan but i have to respect the fact that i am going in to the unknown and very much like Michael Ward Tournament i treated the experience with the utmost respect and demanded the lads be as professional in their approach as possible. I will not be leaving any stone unturned in relation to our approach and preparation and what i ask for from the players is the same as before, to enjoy the experience and be proud to play for the LSL.
Q. You have stuck with the majority of the players from the previous squad. I take it you were happy with the lads attitude and application in the previous tournament in Galway. Yeah, we produced a football Grand Slam in Galway and although i had to reduce the squad from 20 to 18 a lot of that work was done for me through players moving on to professional football, Dean Ebbe & Daniel Kelly and unfortunately a few lads have picked up injuries and other issues that prevented their inclusion but all in all the essence of the squad remains the same as does the background staff.
Q. Tell me a bit about the quality of players you are adding to an already strong squad? I’m introducing 3 new players, 2 i am very familiar with in Shane Stritch (Bluebell) and Aji Sule ( Firhouse) who i have and have had as players under my management before. The two lads are in great form and very powerful attacking options going over to Scotland. I have also brought in Adam McCormac (Killester United) and i have seen Adam a few times and have spoken about him to League of Ireland managers who are very aware of not only his potential and current form but also the depth of his type of talent in the LSL at the minute. Adam brings a balance in to the squad as a left sided defender and has been outstanding for Killester this year.
Q. Have you been happy with the preparations leading up to the trip Scotland Am i ever happy??? The preparations and access to the lads has been dampened by the bad weather recently and a lot of comfort i am taking is that 80% of the squad have worked with me in Galway so they have an insight in to my way of doing things and I’ve had nothing but positive reactions in the past so i am confident there.
Q. What do you expect from the Scotland side? I expect them to be a strong, organized side who are the home side and obvious favourites to win the game.
Q. On a personal note, are you proud to be bringing a team to represent the league in Scotland Yeah, listen it’s a great honour and one that i share with my family, we are very much a football orientated household and every success whether its mine, my boys at their own football, my daughter at her Irish dancing or my wife with all her community work we all support and encourage each other so for them i feel like all the hard work over the past few years is showing signs of fruit and I’m proud they share it with me. Q. Is there anything else you would like to add? I want to wish all the travelling team both players & staff all the best and a massive thanks to the LSL in particular Dave Moran who has given us every opportunity to go to Scotland and get the job done.