Dundalk FC are still searching for their first win of the new campaign after losing at home to Bohemians last Friday evening. Former Lilywhites striker Georgie Kelly came back to haunt his former club as he slotted away a penalty for the only goal of the game.
This was Dundalk’s third loss in four games this season with a point away to Sligo all the Carrick Road side have to show after a poor start to the season. Indeed this is the worst start to a Premier Division campaign since 1998/99 a season which saw the Lilywhites relegated. Manager Shane Keegan admitted the performance wasn’t good enough.
“As a collective, everyone involved with the club, we’re all trying to fix it, believe me; if anything is wrong, we’re trying too hard, not too little. “There’s not one thing that needs to be fixed, there are four or five things that need to be fixed. Some of those fall on us, some of those fall on the players and there’s nobody ducking out, trying to avoid responsibility, I can assure you of that,” promised the Dundalk manager.
Following the game on Friday evening rumours immediately began swirling around town about the future of the current Dundalk coaching team which includes Shane Keegan, Filippo Giovagnoli and Guiseppe Rossi. Those rumours intensified on Sunday morning when it was revealed that the players had been summonsed to Oriel Park on their day off. However, speaking on the LOI Arena podcast Dundalk FC club captain Brian Gartland quashed those rumours stating that the meeting was arranged to regroup and let the players know what is expected of them.
“I know people were speculating about the managers future all weekend but the meeting was just a regrouping that was needed amongst the squad and coaching staff,” explained Brian. “Factors were addressed and the manager just laid down where we are and what needs to be done. The club, all of us, players and staff have to do better. Everyone of us have to dig in our heels now and even though I am most likely out injured for the season with my knee I’m thinking of things I can do to help like driving on the younger players and helping them in any way I can. We have enough good players, enough experience and enough big names here in the club and a corner has to be turned now,” stated Gartland.
Dundalk have a chance to put their first win on the board this Saturday evening when they take on league leaders St Patrick’s Athletic in Oriel Park at 6pm. There will be plenty of familiar faces in the away team with manager Stephen O’Donnell and players Robbie Benson and John Mountney returning to their former club.