‘It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence even with all the stuff’

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

HARRY KENNY is bit­terly dis­ap­pointed that Europe now seems be­yond Bray Wan­der­ers – even if he wouldn’t be around to en­joy the spoils.

Kenny con­firmed that he would be re­sign­ing from his post at the end of the sea­son to al­low him to fully con­cen­trate on his­role­with­theFAI.TheSham­rock Rovers leg­end has been in charge of the Seag­ulls since April 2016 - on a care­taker ba­sis ini­tially be­fore be­ing handed the reins in June.

In his time, he guided the club to a sixth place fin­ish and has lead them to play some of the most en­ter­tain­ing foot­ball ever wit­nessed at the Carlisle Grounds. He is cur­rently set to im­prove on last sea­son’s sixth place fin­ish but, like the per­fec­tion­ist that he is, he still wishes for more.

“We talked about Europe be­fore the game and it was still alive. We talked about get­ting the three points and be­ing only a point be­hind Derry and keep­ing on them for the rest of the sea­son but it wasn’t to be. I thought we were in con­trol of the game but we could’ve ended up los­ing the thing only for Peter’s save. It was an okay, scrappy af­fair with lots of ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sions…I’m dis­ap­pointed not to get the three points at home to a team that’s down the wrong end of the ta­ble.

“The game was ac­tu­ally typ­i­cal of our sea­son tonight! If you’re scor­ing three goals – you have to be win­ning that match. There’s no two ways about it. I’ve been a de­fender my­self and I’m a great man for build­ing teams from the back which we did last year and that’s how we went on that run. But this sea­son has been a dis­ap­point­ment on that front. We’ve con­ceded too many goals. We’re third or fourth high­est (third) in the goals against which for a team fifth in the ta­ble – it’s not good enough. You’ll never win any­thing like that.”

Kenny has ad­mit­ted that he has flirted with throw­ing in the towel many times this sea­son but de­spite fi­nally tak­ing the plunge, there is no great weight off his back and he also doesn’t rule out a re­turn to man­age­ment one day.

“There’s no sense of re­lief. I don’t know where my feel­ings are at the mo­ment. I’m just after com­ing away from a roller­coaster match and I’ve just told the lads so my head is a lit­tle bit all over the place.

“I’ve been talk­ing to the lads (the board) for a cou­ple of weeks now.

“We all de­cided that now was the best time to de­cide it. The lads aren’t in the dark about it at all. That’s the kind of re­la­tion­ship we’ve had and ev­ery­thing is out in the front and there’s no prob­lem.

“Of course (I’ll keep an eye on Bray next sea­son)! I’ll even pop out here if I’m al­lowed in! I’ve fond mem­o­ries of this place – I’ve had a lovely two and a half years here.

“I don’t know. It’s too early to say. I’ll con­cen­trate on ev­ery­thing that’s going on with the FAI and knuckle down in the job there and we’ll see what the next few months bring.”

Kenny runs a pro­ject for the FAI in Clon­dalkin and that will now be his sole fo­cus but he ex­pects to have mixed feel­ings next sea­son as Fri­day evenings ap­proach.

“I love match­day. I love train­ing and get­ting amongst the lads and talk­ing to them and plan­ning games and all that sort of thing so I’ll miss all that.

“Of course I’m going to miss it. We’ve done bril­liant con­sid­er­ing the ups and downs as you call it. I’ve had a great time. It’s been pretty suc­cess­ful – I don’t think Bray nor­mally chal­lenge at this end of the ta­ble.

“I got plenty of sup­port from the guys to get in some very good play­ers. When you work with good play­ers, you ex­pect to be up at the right end of the ta­ble.”

Did Kenny ex­pect any of the last 18 months when he agreed to step in for Mick Cooke for two games in April 2016?

“Def­i­nitely not. I went in with Liam Buck­ley at Pat’s a cou­ple of sea­sons ago and that’s where I cut my teeth in the league.

“Then I went with Mick and he left here and I took over here. I was grateful for the op­por­tu­nity. I had al­ways wanted a crack at it and I knew I could do the job. I’m de­lighted that I got the chance and I’m de­lighted with the two and a half sea­sons.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence even with the all the stuff thrown in as well.”

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