New Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny has vowed to put his heart and soul into the Club as he attempts to lead the Lilywhites back to glory.
Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat on Monday, the former Derry City supremo stated that he intends to move to Dundalk soon and already has a house sorted in the local area.
Kenny will spend the next few weeks building up a database on available players as he sets to work planning Dundalk’s league campaign next season.
“I’ve been given all the details on the players, concerning wages and the overall budget as well and I’ll be analysing who is available and make decisions after that”, stated the new boss.
Kenny also revealed that key decisions will be made on which players will be kept on from last year’s squad in the coming weeks. With value for money for the club being the main issue.
Although he was not in a position to state specific goals for next season at the moment, Kenny feels it is important to build a sustainable club and he would not be setting limits on where the club can go.
“I think we need to build gradually. Take our time, get the right people in place, with the right qualities and potential.”
Rumours circulated last week that former Lilywhites favourite Vinny Perth was in line to take up the assistant manager’s role, although Kenny refused to confirm if he had approached anybody yet.
“I’ve just been appointed so I’ll be taking my time. It will have to be someone that I can have a good working relationship with. Ultimately it’s a very important and personal decision”, added Kenny.
After last season’s hardships, the new Dundalk boss is keen to see the club run in a way which will have benefits both on and off the pitch.
“It’s about running the club in the best way that I can. We’ll be training frequently and it’s my job to improve the players we’ll have.
“It’s vital that I’m close to what is going on on a day to day basis”, stated Kenny.
The players he has in mind must adhere to his own ambitious ideals.
“In my own mind I want players who are ambitious and want to do well for the club.”
Kenny also stated he will be scouring his long list of contacts within the domestic game as he builds the team.
“I know the level of player that I want and I have an extensive list of contacts to call upon.”