Eat Your Heart Out Mr. Beckham

Many supporters of the SSE Airtricity League call it the greatest league in the world and I totally agree with that sentiment. There have been occasions over the years when that statement sits well on the chest of most fans. Week in and week out, fans set out to see games and the unpredictability of the games throws everything up in the air. The weekend that just finished was certainly one of those to shout about and a few surprises were to be found as the results came in.

It has had a knock on effect for all sorts of reasons and people have lost their jobs over poor results and poor performances. This is all like a big melting pot and has all the ingredients that go into making something special on a weekly basis as we all watch the SSE Airtricity League.

The week that has just passed saw Sligo Rovers and Limerick part company with their managers. Dave Robertson left Sligo and Martin Russell walked out of the door at Limerick. The Sligo parting of the ways did not suprise me, as I feel Dave never really got it going at the Showgrounds.

I was astonished that Limerick and Martin Russell fell out of love as they have only been promoted to the Premier League and it is early days, but the form has not been great. Both these sackings, coming so early in the season just goes to show how worried owners are with three teams been relegated to the First Division this season.

On the field of play Bohemians played Saint Patrick's Athletic in a Dublin Derby and the away side took all three points after a four nil win, but the result although a shock, was not the story of the game. That came when Saint Pat's player Conan Byrne scored one of the best ever goals you are going to see in the SSE Airtricity League. Conan was just inside his own half when the ball fell lovely for him to have a long range shot which flew into the back of the Bohemians net. The goal has been shown over and over again this week on Social Media and TV and if you get a chance try and get a look at it. It was very similar to David Beckham's long range effort all those years ago against Wimbledon, but in my opinion the one scored in Dalymount Park last week was far better. There is no doubt it will be this seasons SSE Airtricity's League goal of the season as it will take some effort by somebody else to beat it. It was an astonishing win for Saint Pat's as they have had a rotten start to the season, a start they need to get out of their system and move on.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division there were wins for Bray Wanderers, Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers and Cork City. John Caulfield's Cork City still lead the league and sit six points clear, Dundalk are just sitting behind and it is shaping up to be a cracker of a season.

In Division One, Shelbourne manager Owen Heary is really getting things across to his players and they are starting to put things right on the pitch. They are now four games unbeaten and last Friday they beat Wexford two nil. As we know momentum can mean a lot in football and Shelbourne certainly have that at the moment. It was a convincing two nil win and their goals came from Derek Prendergast and Dayle Rooney. The men from Tolka Park failed to win a game in their opening four matches but they now seem to have the belief that they can bag the one spot up for grabs in the promotion race. Waterford are sitting on top of the Division and are going to have their own challenge and in this league anything can happen.

So there we have it, another weekend gone in the greatest league in the world and the excitement levels are still on the way up. It is hard to work out at the moment who is going to win what, but in the Premier League Cork City are really putting on a great show at the moment and who knows it might just be their season. There is a long way to go this season in both leagues and if the early part of the season is anything to go by, it will be tense exciting and absolutely bloody mad if you are a supporter in the SSE Airtricity League.

Sligo Rovers New Manager

In the big scheme of things, Sligo Rovers Football Club are a big club when it comes to all things Airtricity Premier League. The club has a huge support and each season are expected to mount a challenge for the title.

He will need to hit the ground running with Sligo as the club needs to put the disaster of last season behind them.

Last season was no different and what unfolded was a campaign of disaster. At one point in the season, relegation seemed a real possibility. Having sacked manager Owen Heary early in the season the board brought in an interim coaching staff to try and turn results around, but red tape and the lack of coaching badges put a stop to that. What started as a season of hope turned into despair and anxious worry. Something needed to be done and done quickly, so the board turned to a very experienced manager in Micky Adams. A man who over the years has sat in the hot seat at Fulham, Swansea, Brighton, Sheffield United and Port Vale to name just a few and this experience was to prove vital for Sligo, in the fight for survival. Adams did a brilliant job and led the club to survival but has since moved on. The board in their wisdom have now turned to former Peterborough United manager Dave Robertson.



So who is Dave Robertson ?

Dave is a former marine and during his training for the army, part of his education was to coach football at Portsmouth, this myself I find unusual, but it seemed to give him the bug. He really enjoyed the set up at Portsmouth and was destined to take up a career in football after the army. When he finished in the army he took up a coaching role at Pererborough United and jobs were to follow in the USA and at Crystal Palace. His progression brought him back to Peterborough United and a job as head of the academy. When Darren Ferguson was sacked by Peterborough, the owner Darragh McAnthony appointed Dave to be his number one. His time in the hot seat did not set the world alight and Dave was shown the door after four months in charge. He will need to hit the ground running with Sligo as the club needs to put the disaster of last season behind them. One thing for certain is the new manager will install a work ethic into his squad. He may need to bring in a few new players and ship out a lot of he deadwood from Sligo Rovers as he starts his job. I am not sure if the fans of Sligo have time for a rebuilding job, so results will have to come pretty fast as the new season kicks off for the new manager. I wish him all the best.