DUNDALK caretaker manager Darius Kierans has said that the survival of the club is “paramount” as he prepares to trim the playing budget back even more in the coming days.
Kierans, who is expected to remain in charge of the Lilywhites until the end of the season, has already released Ger Hanley and Dan Cunningham from their contracts and he said that more will follow them through the exit door in the coming days.
“We are still in a very tough financial situation. We have had to let players go this week with Dan Cunningham and Ger Hanley leaving the football club by mutual consent. There’s further cuts on the way with one, possibly two on the way out. I can’t name them as I haven’t informed them yet.
“The survival of the club is paramount”, he added. “I’ll continue to do my best to save the football club first and foremost and if that’s got to mean cutting the budget and letting players go then so be it. There’s no point in having players here and then five weeks later there is no club. It’s a serious situation and hopefully we can get out of it.”
Kierans has supplemented his threadbare squad by bringing in two players on amateur contracts. Defender Philip McBride and William Woods, a Louth U21 GAA player who played with Dromin United in the MDL last season, were both unused substitutes on Friday night aganst Derry City.
“We’ve taken in two young lads on amateur forms. Philip McBride from Bohemians is a left-back. He has played with the first-team there and and he’s from Swords. We need to get hungry lads in who are looking for a chance and he fits the bill.
“As does William Woods”, added Kierans. “I know him from my time at Drogheda United. He has fantastic ability and I think he can play at this level. We’re hoping to add maybe one or two more with a similar profile.”
The club have held discussions with the FAI regarding Kierans’ future. The Drogheda man has no Pro License qualification but the FAI are believed to have given him special dispensation to remain in charge of the Lilywhites until the end of the season.
“I’m interim manager and I’ll just continue to do my job”, he said. “I love working here and I’ve enjoyed my last two years. Everyone has been really good to me. The club are working with the FAI on a lot of issues so we’ll have to see”.