Drop Down Menu

‘Dee’ is new Killea manager 05.02.08

by Simon McGeady, Inishowen Independent

NEW Killea boss Dermot Dunne doesn’t believe there is a conflict of interests involved after he agreed at the weekend to manage the Ulster Senior League team while staying on as coach of Inishowen League Premier Division title-chasers Quigley’s Point Swifts.
The former Bonagee United manager was approached by Killea Chairman Richie Kelly last Wednesday, and after discussing the move with QPS chairman Barry Harkin on Friday, Dunne called Killea to accept the post.
New Killea manager, Dermot Dunne. Speaking to the Inishowen Independent on Monday, Dunne insisted his dual club role was workable. He also thought that players should be allowed to play for Intermediate and Junior teams in the same season.
“At the end of the day they [the Inishowen and the Ulster Senior] are two separate leagues. The Ulster Senior League games will be played on Friday nights and Saturdays. Players want to play
football and what’s to stop them lining out in the Ulster Senior League on a Saturday and for their Junior club on a Sunday? I don’t see any conflict of interest, except perhaps if one of the player’s teams was involved in a competition that involved an overnight stay,” said Dee.
Dunne will get the chance to run the rule over the Killea squad for the first time on Thursday night at the teams first training session ahead of the summer USL season which gets underway next month and the former Bonagee United manager says he wants to ‘keep as many locals as possible playing in the team’ before he decides what additions are needed to strengthen the squad.
He declined to say whether or not he would seek to persuade any of his QPS players to sign for Killea, adding only that he ‘knew what was out there’ in terms of players that could enhance Killea’s squad.
There were, he added, a number of upsides to playing summer football.
“The fact that game are played on a Friday and Saturday was an attractive proposition as younger players could socialise on a Saturday night and players with wives and children would have Sunday’s free to spend with their families.”
Dunne said that, while it would be difficult for Killea to compete with teams such as Letterkenny Rovers and Fanad United that ‘rewarded’ their players, he was aiming for a strong showing in the league and for Killea to progress to the latter stages of the FAI Intermediate Cup.
Meanwhile, on the same night Dunne takes his first training session, the committee of the Inishowen League will meet to decide what position to adopt regarding the signing of players from their clubs to play for teams in the newly-restructured Ulster Senior League. It’s thought that several clubs are worried about losing key players to the Ulster Senior League.
Return to > News