Departing Zambra offers Griffith avenue

by Jonny Stapleton
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Jonny Stapleton

Gareth Zambra made one last major selection before leaving his post as Inchicore Athletic manager.

The coach all but selected his replacement, telling the powers that be at the progressive club that Tony Griffith was the man they should hand the reigns going into a new season.

Zambra told the club to look no further than the 37-year-old, as he stepped away for family and work reasons, and they listened, appointing the former amateur standout ahead of their next Leinster Senior League campaign.

Griffith comes in on the back of a successful spell as Crumlin United Saturday manager. Alongside Stephen Larkin who joins him in making the move across the canal, he led an extremely strong second string to the later stages of the FAI Junior Cup and to Major Saturday league success.

The duo now swap Saturday football for Sunday action and the junior ranks for the Intermediate class. Their first job will be to try and guide Inchicore to LSL Senior 1A promotion, which won’t prove easy considering they are in a league that consists of serial league climbers Ballyfermot United, Finglas United and Kilmore Celtic as well, as former Senior Sunday winners Dublin Bus and Cherry orchard, not to mention Drumcondra, Collinstown and Castleknock Celtic.

“We are delighted to announce Tony as our new first team manager. [He will be] assisted by Stephen Larkin and existing first-team coach Paul Doyle. [Tony is] massively respected on and off the pitch and comes highly recommended by so many people including Gareth Zambra who stepped away recently. He told us not to look anywhere else and we didn’t.”

Griffith was part of the famous Crumlin United team that won the FAI Intermediate Cup in 2010 and lifted league titles at Pearse Park as well as the Red Cow with Bluebell United either side of spells with Longford, Monaghan and Shelbourne in the League of Ireland.  

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