ANOTHER new face has walked through the door at Stradbrook after Cabinteely announced the appointment of former Athlone Town manager Eddie Wallace as the club’s head of recruitment this week.
Wallace will be tasked with overseeing the recruitment of players for the club’s First Division and underage squads.
He was assistant manager under Keith Long at Athlone before taking the hot seat when Long left to take over at Bohemians. However, after less than a year in the job, he stepped down citing personal reasons.
Wallace, who is well known for being able to spot a player, worked with new Cabinteely Director of Football and First Team Manager Pat Devlin when they took charge of the Republic of Ireland squad during the Four Nations semi-professional tournament way back in 2004.
“I have known Eddie for a long time so I am delighted to have him involved with Cabinteely,” said Devlin after the appointment. “I have no doubt that between Eddie and my management team, we will find a lot of talented players for Cabinteely.”
Chairman Larry Bass was equally as delighted to have Wallace on board: “Eddie’s track record of spotting talent is one of the best, if not the best, in the country. His experience will be invaluable to the club. We are delighted to have him on board.”
During his 40 years in Irish football, Wallace has helped unearth many top performers for clubs such as St. Francis, Bray Wanderers, Bohemians, St. Patrick’s Athletic and UCD – Republic of Ireland international Conor Sammon being one such player for the latter.
He is just the latest high profile name to rock up at Cabinteely after the ambitious club followed up the appointment of Devlin by bringing former manager Eddie Gormley back as a coach. They also announced earlier this week that former Bohs assistant manager Graham O’Hanlon had joined the club – also as a coach.
As well as the sweeping changes in management, there has been good news on the player front recently with the club tying down a number of their young stars to new contracts. Karl Byrne, Lee Mitchell and Jack Menton re-signed before Christmas, with Kevin Knight and Shane Rooney recently putting ink to paper also.
The appointment of Devlin was seen as a bit of a coup by many across the country but it ties in with the goals the club set themselves when they joined the League of Ireland just two years ago.
They are intent on reaching the Airtricity League as soon as possible and with Devlin’s former club UCD visiting Stradbrook for the first game of the season next month, all eyes look set to be on the small club from South Dublin.