Robertson and Clancy the unlikely new Drogs management team
Article by Kieran Burke
Recently relegated Drogheda United have shocked the LOI public this Tuesday evening with what can only be described as the unorthodox appointment of Tim Clancy & Dave Robertson as the County Louth clubs new management team. Thirty-three-year-old Clancy had been on the books of Bray Wanderers in a playing capacity last season while Robertson was dismissed as Sligo Rovers boss early in the year after a woeful start to the 2017 season.
Announcing the decision to pair Clancy and Robertson ahead of the new season, Drogheda United's official Twitter account stated:
Drogheda United are delighted to announce the appointment of Tim Clancy as the club’s new first-team manager. The 33-year-old will work alongside former Sligo Rovers manager Dave Robertson who will be the club’s new Director of Football.
Despite the "Drogs" return to the second tier for 2018 and the resulting player exodus which has seen the likes of highly rated goalkeeper Stephen McGuinness depart the club for Cabinteely alongside new Longford Town signings Chris Mulhall and Jamie Hollywood, the vacant managers position at United Park was a highly coveted one with ex-Ireland international Mark Kinsella and former Longford assistant Gary Cronin just two well known names believed to have applied for the job left open following Pete Mahon's exit from the club a fortnight ago.
The reaction to Drogheda's latest appointments has been mixed to say the least across social media and one must question the decision to appoint a former manager as Director of football who was heavily criticsed for poor player recruitment in his last post at Sligo Rovers. Tim Clancy on the other hand arrives at the club with absolutely no managerial experience to his credit and when you consider veterans such as Alan Mathews, Paul Doolin and Mick Cooke were also linked with a return to the Drogheda job, this appointment is almost a three-hundred-and-sixty degree turn to that way of thinking.
None the less, Director of Football Dave Robertson will now need to start identifying transfer targets quickly for the First Division promotion hopefuls as the "Drogs" have as of yet no players signed up to the cause for 2018. In fact United were dealt yet another blow in the hours leading up to today's announcement with news breaking of eighteen-year-old striker Thomas Byrne departing the "Drogs" for Premier Division side St.Pat's.
Former Republic of Ireland international Stephen Elliot left the club last month to play non-league football with English side Morpeth Town while as mentioned above Stephen McGuinness, Jamie Hollywood, Shane Elworthy and Chris Mulhall have all signed for First Division rivals in recent days with the later three names all arriving at Longford Town.
Despite clearly being one of the more difficult job opportunities on offer in the LOI, there will still be a certain degree of expectancy among the passionate Drogheda United fan-base, who this week were reminiscing on the clubs glory days as LOI champions one decade ago.......A far cry from where the "Drogs" find themselves at present.