My fu­ture needs to be sorted ASAP - Lyt­tle

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT - By JES­SICA FARRY with David Goulden

SLIGO Rovers boss Ger Lyt­tle says he wants his fu­ture to be sorted, ei­ther way, as soon as pos­si­ble to put the spec­u­la­tion sur­round­ing his position to bed.

Rovers are now safe with three games to go, and Lyt­tle wants to know whether or not he will be at the club next year, as he con­tin­ues to iden­tify tar­gets for the club.

He has al­ways ex­pressed his de­sire to re­main with Rovers.

Speak­ing af­ter Satur­day night’s vic­tory over Bray Wan­der­ers, Lyt­tle said: “I think it needs to be ad­dressed and sorted ASAP. We’re com­ing to the stage of the sea­son where clubs are do­ing their busi­ness. It’s im­por­tant that you get in early.

“I’ve iden­ti­fied where I want to be, I’ve iden­ti­fied what I need, what’s go­ing to help us, what’s go­ing to help young play­ers as well and what type of player we need to bring it. It’s im­por­tant we get this done. It’s been a roller-coaster sea­son.

He con­tin­ued: “Let me stress, it’s been only a sea­son. Rome wasn’t built in a day and you’re never go­ing to build a winning team that’s go­ing to chal­lenge, we’ve got to un­der­stand that we don’t have the big bud­gets of other clubs, so it’s im­por­tant that we man­age that right and de­velop our own play­ers and iden­tify where we go next and how we can go to the next level.

“I think there’s been pro­gres­sion, peo­ple will say ‘you’re full of non­sense’ but there’s been baby steps, but there’s been pro­gres­sion. We stayed up, just about, last sea­son, and now three games left we’re safe.

“What right do we have, when we sur­vive on the last day of the sea­son, to go and chal­lenge for Europe or what­ever? That’s not an ex­cuse. I’d love to be. If you look at all the games, there’s been fine mar­gins be­tween them.

“It’s im­por­tant that we build on that and ad­dress it and make sure go­ing for­ward next year that we have that type of group that can go on and win games. Hope­fully we can get things sorted out pretty quick.”

Rovers’ win over Bray on Satur­day night was only their third league win of the sea­son at home, with two of those vic­to­ries com­ing against the Seag­ulls.

“We’re thrilled that we were able to show up tonight in front of a big crowd. There’s al­ways a fear that you could freeze but I thought that we were on it from the start. You could tell in the warm up that the boys were very fo­cused.

“We played a real good tempo tonight, peo­ple could prob­a­bly say ‘we’re play­ing Bray and they’re down and they’re rel­e­gated’ but it’s never agiven. Those boys were play­ing with no fear be­cause they were ba­si­cally rel­e­gated com­ing here.

“I al­ways have a fear with teams like that be­cause they have noth­ing to play for so they’re re­laxed. To be fair they gave us a good game tonight. I’ve got to credit our boys for get­ting the win.”

The hosts were well on top from the very start, and should have been well ahead at half-time. The story of Rovers’ sea­son, Lyt­tle con­ceded.

“It’s been the story of the sea­son where we’ve been on top in many games, we said it at half-time to the boys that we’ve dom­i­nated the game and it just takes one lapse of con­cen­tra­tion or one silly mis­take and the other team scores. All of a sud­den you’re down, you’re flat, so it was im­por­tant that we got the first goal, and build from it.

“Of course we did what we’ve been do­ing, we’ve got car­ried away with our­selves and left our­selves wide open and they’ve went and scored and you’re think­ing ‘ah Je­sus here we go’ but we re­sponded re­ally well and re­ally quick.

“Mikey took his goal re­ally well and Caolan McAleer from a great cross in and I think af­ter that there was only go­ing to be one win­ner.”

De­spite al­low­ing Bray back into the game, Rovers held out for the win, with the re­sult be­ing the most im­por­tant thing, ac­cord­ing to the for­mer Cliftonville boss.

“Noth­ing is ever easy at this stage of the sea­son, or even this sea­son for us.

“The im­por­tant thing tonight was just the win, se­cure our position in the league, give us some­thing to build on, give us some­thing to shout about. Liam Ker­ri­gan and Dar­ren Collins, Ed McGinty and John Ma­hon, that for me is bril­liant for the club that we’re work­ing re­ally hard with the youth and get­ting them in. That will stand them in great stead.”

He con­tin­ued: “You’re look­ing at the re­sults last night and ob­vi­ously Derry ver­sus Lim­er­ick was the game I was fo­cus­ing on and to be hon­est, for some rea­son I thought Lim­er­ick would have got some­thing in that game.

The fo­cus was there and I could see it, the training’s been ex­cel­lent. Don’t get me wrong it’s been very very dif­fi­cult the last two weeks try­ing to man­age the group and keep us fo­cused, with­out a game last week, we had a few in­juries and we got them back and fair play to Tom and Dec the phys­ios for do­ing that.

“There’s been a real to­geth­er­ness about them. We were ready to win tonight. I didn’t care too much about the per­for­mance, it was mainly about the win.

Lyt­tle shouts in­struc­tions at his play­ers dur­ing Satur­day’s vic­tory over Bray. Pics: Donal Hack­ett.

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