FOLLOWING the club’s relegation from Premier A last season, Mountview CFC have undergone massive changes as they aim to return to the top tier of the AUL with immediate effect.
With a new manager, a completely new committee, and a new home ground, some players from last season may have been questioning if they were at the same club as their pre-season training got under way this week.
Former League of Ireland player and star of the amateur game Ray Sliney is the man in charge of the club’s first team now and he spoke to GazetteSport on how he was approached for what is his first permanent managerial role.
“I had a chat with the club a couple of weeks ago and they told me about the project they wanted to build,” said Sliney.
“With an all-new committee and new top of the range facilities, and a drive to get straight back into Premier A, I was sold really.”
In what is massive news for the club, Mountview recently secured an agreement to become the anchor tenant of the brand new, state-of-the-art FAI Abbotstown facility, which will become the base camp for Republic of Ireland teams a little later in the year.
This means that for the upcoming season, Sliney’s side will train and play on world class surfaces, and when floodlights are installed in October can play their games on Friday nights.
“It really is an unbelievable set-up,” Sliney said of the facilities.
“It’ll be a massive factor in recruiting players. In fact, I did another interview a couple of days ago.
“As soon as it went out, I had texts from three or four Premier A players asking were we really going to be in Abbotstown and saying that they might come down now.”
Sliney himself was once a hot prospect at St Patrick’s Athletic but moved on to Home Farm/Everton due to limited playing time at Richmond Park at a time when Paul Osam and Eddie Gormley were in their prime.
He later went on to play for the highly successful Cherry Orchard side under Joe Healy and Martin Loughran’s Crumlin United as well as a host of other Dublin clubs.
Working under such top names from the amateur game will no doubt have helped mould Sliney as a manager.
“I learnt a lot from those two in particular, they’re very different managers but both excellent managers,” he said. “I’ll take bits from both of them as well as my own ideas.
“I like to see football played the right way and will be trying to implement that.
“I need to be able to trust the players and the players need to trust me to get that sort of play flowing. It may take a while but I’m confident we’ll get there.”