- Thursday July 22nd, 2010 @ 17:11
PRESS BRIEFING WITH PETE MAHON
Saints manager Pete Mahon attended a press briefing today at the Media Centre at Richmond Park and shared his views on a number of issues.
On Sunday's match with Sporting Fingal
Gareth O'Connor is available having served a one match suspension. Vinny Faherty is suspended and Ian Bermingham is a doubt having taken a knock on his foot against Rovers some weeks back.
We're training tomorrow and Saturday morning so we will have a better idea after that.
Sporting Fingal have done great over the last two and a half years.
They showed in the away leg against Maritimo just how good they are, they've a good squad with some high profile players and they will be a test for us.
They've had some good results this season but also a few disappointing ones.
Sometimes after a European night there might be on a bit of a comedown for a team but regardless of the result of their European match we will focus on our own game and just prepare properly.
On the move to more part-time football
Fulltime football was in place at this club for a number of years and with the money involved it simply could not be sustained.
You can make part-time football work but obviously you've a reduced budget so you need the right type of people involved to make it work.
The games can be just as competitive and intense.
On developing the league
I think we need to look at the format of the league. With the 10 team league we are due to play Sligo something like 7 times this year.
Maybe we should look at expanding the league and perhaps the ideal opportunity to restructure presented itself a few years back when a number of teams dropped out of the league.
We also need to look and learn from other sports – look at the rugby for instance, there are people with money involved in that league who were not involved a few years ago.
We need to look and learn how they managed to do that.
Maybe there is too much emphasis on getting that bit of glory now rather than looking to the future and to developing our own players.
With the exception of UCD you would have to question how many ex-schoolboy players have come into the league in the last couple of years.
The structure we're trying to put in place at Pat's is to get good young talent coming through the under 20's and our A Champion sides.
There are about 30 to 40 young players involved in those squads and if we can bring 4 or 5 of those players through to the first team then I think we're going in the right direction.
St Patrick's Athletic FC take on Sporting Fingal on Sunday with a 3.00pm kick off at Richmond Park.
All children under 12 with a paying adult are admitted free and match tickets are now on sale from the club shop on Emmet Road.