As Corduff FC prepare for life in the Leinster Senior League next season, it has been announced that a new management team will steer the ship in the club’s new adventure.
John Morgan was announced as the new manager of the Blanchardstown side’s senior set-up last Monday and will be joined in the backroom staff by John Reilly and Ger Keenan.
Speaking to GazetteSport, Morgan said: “It’s a club I’ve always wanted to manage. I’ve always been in competition with them in my 18 years as a coach, and have come across them many times. It’s always a hard place to go to, it has great facilities and one big thing I like is that it is an area club, in that about 90% of the players there are from Corduff. So, for those reasons and more, I’m delighted to be onboard.”
Morgan is returning to the club after a brief spell there a couple of years ago when he was involved with the Saturday side but stepped away for a different position. Coming back to the club with Reilly and Keenan at his side means the management teams boasts an impressive wealth of experience. “Between the three of us combined you have an A Licence, B Licence and Youth Cert coach, not to mention fitness and conditioning experience,” he said.
“There’s a lot of experience and knowledge there combined, around 40-50 years between us, that’s spread across Ireland, the UK and South Africa in schoolboy and senior soccer.” The trio also look after individual representative youth squads for the NDSL to add to their impressive pedigrees.
The new man was also quick to pay homage to the outgoing manager by saying: “He’s done a very good job, I saw them play a number of times last year and he left due to things such as work commitments and was not pushed aside or anything. They were very unlucky in (AUL) Premier B and should have done better had they asserted some spells of dominance in games.”
Corduff are one of a number of AUL clubs ditching the Athletic Union League next season to try their hand trying to reach the intermediate game of LSL. Other clubs set to make the move are local rivals Hartstown/Huntstown as well as Ballymun United. Despite the fact they are yet to be confirmed in a division, Morgan said of the move: “Our first target would be to get into intermediate football, whether we’re placed one league off that or more, but that’s the goal.”
The manager should get a first look at his new team at the annual Lynchie tournament which is run by Corduff FC.