Mahon in for Malahide

by Gazette Reporter
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MALAHIDE United manager John Gill has added decorated former Airtricity League manager, Pete Mahon to his backroom staff in another eye-catching appointment for the Gannon Park club’s LSL Sunday Senior crew.

Mahon will take on a coaching role at Malahide United, as the side look to capture some silverware after consolidating themselves in the Senior Sunday division.

Mahon, who worked alongside Gill at St Patrick’s Athletic, is a vastly experienced manager who Gill believes can help the side move to the next level as they bid to climb the ranks in the top level of intermediate football in Leinster.

“We worked together at Pat’s and we developed a very strong professional relationship,” said Gill on the arrival of Mahon. “Pete is a man who knows the game from top to bottom and we have a proven track record working together.

“With all due respect to Malahide, I think it’s a huge coup to get a man of Pete’s experience on board in a coaching capacity, and I’m sure he’ll help us to great things in the future.”

Mahon admits that coming in as a coach, a role that he hasn’t had for a long time, was a tough decision to make, but once he met up with the people from Malahide and saw what a fantastic club it was, he knew he had to take the position.

“When John asked me, I told him I’d have to think about it,” said the new Malahide coach. “I haven’t worked as a coach in a long time, but I was very impressed when I met the people at the club and I was blown away by the club’s facilities.

“Malahide United have done amazing things to raise their profile and gain senior status, they have a thriving schoolboy section and I think they have some of the best facilities in the country.

“The club is one with massive possibilities and John’s and my job will be to make them into a reality.

“I’ve watched the team play and although they did fantastically well to finish mid-table next year, I want to see the side winning silverware and that means we’re going to have to strengthen the team.

“Between myself and John, we’ve already made a list of possible transfer targets that we hope will bring a winning mentality and confidence to the team and that will be starting on the training ground on July 6 when our preparation begins.

“We certainly won’t be signing players for the sake of it. The club have done fantastic things and the last thing we want to do it destroy its tradition.

“We will have an 11 month season including the preseason training, and hopefully we will be contesting for the league and some other silverware after the hard work we will put in,” he said.

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