Kilbarrack United have appointed former player Brian Mooney as their new LSL Sunday Senior 1B manager following the departure of Chris McDonnell earlier this month.
The defender joined the northside club ahead of last season and was part of a side who began the season at a blistering pace before injuries derailed their campaign.
Kilbarrack eventually finished fourth – three points off a promotion spot – as nine wins from their last 14 games proved slightly short of what was required to make the step to the third tier.
Mooney himself was one of the players to suffer an injury early in the season, rupturing the cruciate ligaments in his knee, and had to sit the rest of the campaign out.
He returned to a coaching role with Crumlin United – the club with whom he’d won a number of league titles before moving to Kilbarrack – in their Saturday side.
He expected to continue that gig next season as he worked his way back to full fitness – his rehab is due to finish in October – but he revealed the offer from Kilbarrack proved too good to turn down.
“I’d been offered a couple of jobs I was interested in but I was thinking of going back playing or see how the body felt,” Mooney tells the Dublin Gazette.
“Because I was involved at Crumlin and there’s always loads of coaching roles there, I never thought about looking for my own gig.
“I had been offered a couple but they weren’t any better than the standard I was coaching at Crumlin. You had the best players – Martin [Loughran] has the best of players in the second and first team.
“It would have taken something really proper [to tempt me] and the fact I’m living out here now [swung it].
“There’s a lot of work to be done obviously but it is a really good job but I couldn’t really turn it down when they offered it to me.
“It was a bit of a shock when it came about, and when I first went to meet them I didn’t know what would materialise, but straight away they offered me the job.”
Mooney enjoyed great success at the top level of amateur soccer with both Crumlin and Bangor Celtic, but he admits management will be a step into the unknown, but one he’s looking forward to.
He hasn’t ruled out lacing up his boots once more once his knee is fully healed, but for now the challenge of his first management job is enough to keep him occupied.
“Playingwise, I was lucky enough to be fairly successful but management is a different ballgame.
“I’m starting from the ground and trying to work my way up.
“When all managers come in, the prospect of maybe losing one or two players is high, lads who want to play up in the senior divisions, but we’re looking to bring in a few players.
“We’ll bring in a few fresh bodies and we’ll bring back a couple of old heads and we should be ok.”