Dundalk boss hits out at ‘unforgiving’ supporters

Gavin McLaughlin

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Gavin McLaughlin

DUNDALK manager Sean McCaffrey admits he would still have accepted the manager’s job even if he had foreseen the events that have transpired since his appointment last December.

DUNDALK manager Sean McCaffrey admits he would still have accepted the manager’s job even if he had foreseen the events that have transpired since his appointment last December.

McCaffrey also hit out at the club’s supporters, labelling them “unforgiving” after his side’s 4-0 drubbing against Shelbourne at Tolka Park, a result that leaves the Lilywhites two points off the bottom of the table.

“I knew the club was in difficulties but I didn’t think they were as bad. I knew we would only have a budget of €5-6,000 a week but we never even seen that amount. And now we have to cut it again by another two. It’s very difficult.

“I didn’t think that the fans would have been as unforgiving in the early days and I don’t think the Board could foresee the financial situation.

“But, having said that, we play Chelsea Reserves on 14 August and that’s an opportunity to make a few pound. Tickets are going very well for it.

“My main concern is that we stay up and also that the players are treated well and looked after, and that the platform is there for them to try and concentrate on playing and not be worried about off-the-field situations.

“At this moment in time, there is that much stuff going into the press and that much stuff coming out of the club that it’s very difficult.”

McCaffrey went into further detail about his remark about the “unforgiving” supporters.

“I think at the start of the season when the lads were playing reasonably well and not getting results, the fans were very unforgiving.

“They were very abusive to them – a small section of them. There are 2-300 fans who come every week who are great and they were great again tonight.

“But there are masses of fans or spectators – whatever you want to call them – who if they were still coming to the matches and getting behind the team, there would be far more finances and the club wouldn’t be in the state that it’s in.

“It’s a chicken and egg situation. The club hasn’t won a trophy in ten years yet they expect us to come in and be top of the league with a crowd of teenagers.

“You’re not going to win an awful lot with a young squad like we have; what you’re trying to do is establish a style of football, stay up, keep it solid and try to add to it next year. That was the aim at the start of the year and I expected that.

“But I didn’t expect after 8-9 matches to be told that the budget is being cut and then be told after another 4-5 after that that it has to be cut again.”