"Best of Mandroiu still to come" says Keith Long
Despite scoring a sensational free-kick in the final quarter of Bohemians 1-1 draw away to Dublin rivals St.Pat’s on Friday night, Bohemians boss Keith Long has warned fans not to get too carried away by the talents of youngster, Daniel Mandroiu. Just twenty-years-old, Mandroiu has taken the League of Ireland by storm this season, having returned from Brighton’s under-23 set-up towards the end of last year.
Eligible for both Romania and Ireland, the midfielder is the name on everybody’s lips right now and his wonderful free-kick on Friday night has only added to Mandroiu’s newly found fame. However, speaking to Between the Stripes TV post-match, his manager Keith Long attempted to dampen the fire somewhat by reminding supporters just how young the “Bohs” star still is.
“Danny has lots to improve, Daniel has lots of improvements in his game still to come, he’s still only a young boy and fantastic as a free-kick it was, there’s still lots of pieces of the jigsaw to come together in order for Danny to be a top top player” said Long to Between the Stripes TV reporter, Gerard Browne.
Clearly wanting to keep the youngsters feet on the ground, former Athlone Town and Bray Wanderers boss Keith Long did still go on to praise the impact Mandroiu has had at Dalymount Park this season.
“A wonderful free-kick, a wonderful moment and you have to remember this is Danny’s first taste of senior football, he’s putting his head down and he’s doing well for us at the moment and long may it continue” commented Long, who’s side remain just six-points off leaders Dundalk, who they face on Monday night.
Ahead of that game, Long spoke to Gerard Browne for Between the Stripes TV on the challenges his squad will face with such a small turnaround to the game in Oriel Park and that interview can be watched in full below.