“I know who they are” – Damien Duff says some Shelbourne players want the ‘easy life’
Damien Duff has warned a couple of his Shelbourne players to buy in or get out.
You would think Damien Duff would have been pretty pleased with a 1-1 draw against Dublin rivals Bohemians on Monday night, but as somebody who won the Premier League and amassed 100 caps with Ireland, standards are beyond being content with a point from a possible three.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Duff suggested that “one or two” players are holding back his ambitions for the club. The ex-Chelsea winger thinks they are unhappy with his demands and would prefer “an easy life”.
The bad news for those unnamed players is that Duff is insistent that such a mindset won’t be tolerated moving forward. Shelbourne have big ambitions and won’t wait around for those not willing to buy in.
Damien Duff says there are members of his Shelbourne squad who ‘want an easy life’ and can’t bring club to next level – indicates he will be shipping them out this winter
— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) September 26, 2023
Duff identifies Shelbourne players who want “an easy life”
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— League of Ireland (@LeagueofIreland) September 25, 2023
Duff’s comments might come as something as a surprise as, in many people’s eyes, Shelbourne are already overachieving under his stewardship. You would think he’d be pleased.
Shels’, who only won promotion back to the Premier Division in 2021, find themselves in fourth place just nine points shy of league leaders Shamrock Rovers
Now though, Duff is ready to take the Dublin club to the next level. Assured of investment from Turkish owner Acun Ilicali, he’s in a position to raise the bar for his current squad.
It’s likely going to be a busy off-season for them as they look to break up the top three of Shamrock Rovers, Derry City and St Patrick’s Athletic next year – and that means any stragglers will need to be left behind.
In short: Shelbourne might be about to change, but we hope Duffer never does.