Limerick have announced an interim replacement for Martin Russell following his dismissal on Monday.
The Munster outfit were without a manager following Russell’s departure by mutual consent this week having struggled so far this term with only seven points from their opening six SSE Airtricity League matches.
His departure was most likely decided after a 3-0 hammering at the hands of Cork City last Friday night.
The man coming into replace him at Limerick is former Cardiff City midfielder Willie John Boland, according to The42ie. He has been brought in to improve results and to ensure safety.
They have invested heavily in the off-season and have made a number of impressive acquisitions. They managed to capture promising Cork City teenager Chiedozie Ogbene along with Rodrigo Tosi and Bastien Hery, who is a product of PSG’s youth academy.
However, the results haven’t really gone their way since their opening day victory over Sligo Rovers. They have managed just one more victory coupled with three losses as well as one draw.
Limerick will be desperate to maintain their status in the Premier Division at a minimum. But, Boland will not have an easy job ahead of him in one of the most crucial League of Ireland seasons in recent years, with three teams set to go down.
Boland has released a statement on behalf of the club (via The42.ie) outlining the new structure of the club’s coaching staff and his main focus as he steps into a new job.
“After a meeting with the club and the staff, it was decided I would take over on an interim period with Joe (Gamble –strength & conditioning coach) and Eddie (Hickey – goalkeeping coach) in their current roles as well going forward into the coming game against St Patrick’s Athletic.
“As a player, even though the manager has left the club, they have their own professional pride. They’re professional players, they understand how football works. It can be quite volatile especially in relation to the manager’s position. So, they’ll be focused on the game no doubt about that.
“We trained yesterday and the boys trained very well, they had a focus about them. I think with the day off to let things settle down it will be a good opportunity to come in tomorrow and get focused on the game against St Pat’s.
“People would say I’m a little bit different from a coaching point of view.
“I’m not as abrasive. I will put my points across but I feel that the players at this moment in time that there’s a good bunch of lads there; there’s some good players at the club.
“There’s not an awful lot to be done except give them the belief they, which they have already, to go up to St. Pat’s and get a result. I think the players fully believe that they can go up there and get a result. So, we’ll do our best to get them prepared for that and get them set up for that game, going up there with a positive attitude to go and get a positive result.
“My sole focus at this moment in time is looking at the St. Pat’s game and getting the boys prepared for that game.
“There could be somebody in place by then, I know the club are on the look-out for a new manager so I’ve just got to concentrate on game-to-game situations.
“We’ll concentrate on St. Pat’s, we’ll get through that game with a positive result hopefully, we then concentrate on the Drogheda game. Once it gets closer to those games we’ll look at them a bit more closely then.”
Conor Daly, Pundit Arena