Dodrill targets instant rise up to Senior division

by Dave Donnelly

Garrett Dodrill is targeting immediate promotion back to LSL Sunday Senior 1 with ‘sleeping giant’ Verona after signing on as the Blanch side’s manager for the new season.

The Dubliner had a distinguished career in the Leinster Senior League with Ashtown Villa and Phoenix but has cut his teeth in management with St Patrick’s Athletic and Drogheda United.

Dodrill will continue in charge of Drogheda’s Under-19s in tandem with his position at Verona, and hopes to use his experience in the underage leagues to restore Verona to their rightful place.

“The expectation will be to go and challenge at the top of the league,” Dodrill told the Dublin Gazette.

“They’re a bit of a sleeping giant, Verona. I’ll be hoping to go in and bring a few players in with me from League of Ireland Under-19s that are finished playing at that level.

“Hopefully we’ll get them in playing a decent standard of football and get the club promoted.”

Player-manager Declan O’Brien recently stepped down after one year in charge of the Blanch club following their relegation from Sunday Senior 1, citing time constraints.

Like O’Brien, Dodrill is steeped in the St Patrick’s Athletic tradition of positive, passing football, and he’ll look to bring that ethos into his new position.

“I’ll be coming in looking to do what I’ve been doing with Pats and with Drogheda, looking to get it down and play. We’ll just see where we go.

“I’m not sure what players are staying and not staying. I’ll only see that when I come back in pre-season, which starts on July 5 and see what way everyone is going.”

In his roles with Pats and Drogheda, as well as the DDSL Kennedy Cup sides, Dodrill has overseen a number of players who have gone on to success in the League of Ireland and the UK.

He coached former Lucan United youth Conor Masterson, who was recently promoted to Liverpool’s first team

More recently, he coached a St Patrick’s Athletic Under-19 side containing Tallaght’s Fuad Sule, who has since signed for Barnet, and current Dundalk midfielder Jamie McGrath.

“I’ll be bringing in fresh ideas, but I’ll also hopefully be bringing in some fresh players.

“Hopefully we can get the boys there who want to play to keep playing, and it’s my job to help them improve.

“That will come from the lot of years’ experience I’ve had at the schoolboy level, working with players.

“I’ve worked with a number of players who’ve gone on to England and a lot of lads who’ve made their first-team debut in the League of Ireland.”

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