Cham­pi­ons on man­ager hunt as Danny de­parts

Mid Louth Independent - - SPORT - MAR­CUS CAVAROLI

NEWFOUNDWELL FC say they ex­pect to an­nounce a suc­ces­sor to first-team man­ager Danny Gart­land later to­day (Tues­day) af­ter he an­nounced he is step­ping down for fam­ily rea­sons and work com­mit­ments.

Gart­land, who was a co-founder of the club in 2011, steered the first team from the bot­tom di­vi­sion of the old Meath & District League to the NEFL Premier ti­tle this year, win­ning the Tully Book­mak­ers Chal­lenge Cup, Kilmes­san Shield and var­i­ous pro­mo­tions along the way.

For the past two sea­sons he has man­aged the team with Paul Crow­ley and only two weeks ago they won the NEFL’s Joint Man­ager of the Year award, but the for­mer Drogheda United cap­tain re­cently left the club to con­cen­trate on com­plet­ing his A Li­cence coach­ing badge and ‘Well re­serves boss Danny Doyle has also stepped down af­ter lead­ing his team to a League and Cup dou­ble.

The var­i­ous de­par­tures are a huge blow to the NEFL cham­pi­ons, but Gart­land, who him­self en­joyed a dis­tin­guished play­ing ca­reer with Drogheda Town, felt this was the right time to take a break from the game.

He told the Drogheda In­de­pen­dent: ‘I was look­ing through the his­tory of the club and what we have done while other clubs in the town have suf­fered.

‘I don’t know how many medals there’ve been, but I feel I’ve taken them as far as I can. Last sea­son we went un­beaten [in the league] and you are not go­ing to top that. Peo­ple say ‘go on and win a [Le­in­ster or FAI] Ju­nior Cup’, but we aren’t go­ing to do that.

‘I have three young kids and the mis­sus and it’s time to be there for them. I’m not go­ing to rule out be­ing a man­ager again, but it won’t be for the next two or three years while I recharge the bat­ter­ies.’

Gart­land heaped spe­cial praise on the play­ers who have been with him since the be­gin­ning.

‘John and Brian Ker­mode, Stephen Mur­phy and Dean Carolan have been there with me, they are real club men and they’ll still be there this year,’ he said.

Pay­ing trib­ute to Gart­land, club chair­man Ray Reid com­mented: ‘Danny has done an aw­ful lot of hard work be­hind the scenes for our club and was al­ways there.

‘It’s been a very time-con­sum­ing thing for him. We train twice a week, there’s games on Satur­days and Sun­days and there’s Le­in­ster and FAI com­pe­ti­tions where you could be away to Cork at 8 in the morn­ing and not get back un­til 10pm.

‘He gave us seven years and put his heart and soul into it, and then when Paul [Crow­ley] came in he lifted it to a com­pletely dif­fer­ent level in terms of tac­tics.

‘But we hope to have some­thing sorted out [by way of a re­place­ment] by Tues­day.’

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