Dundalk’s Michael Duffy On Season Ambitions & Life After Stephen Kenny
With the beginning of the Airtricity League season simply over every week away, one of many greatest storylines forward of the brand new marketing campaign surrounds the defending champions Dundalk.
Over the break, the Lilywhites misplaced their talismanic supervisor Stephen Kenny, who had masterminded 4 league titles within the final 5 seasons, together with two doubles in addition to an unprecedented European run, to the FAI.
With John Gill and Vinnie Perth taking up, the query turns as to if or not Dundalk will be capable to emulate their earlier successes in Kenny’s absence.
One man who might be key to their makes an attempt at retaining their title is final season’s PFAI Participant of the Yr Michael Duffy.
The 24-year previous feels that though the absence of the now Irish U21s boss will take a little bit of getting used to, the arrival of Gill and subsequent promotion of Perth from assistant to go coach has been sensible for the membership.
“Getting back from the break with him not there was a bit unusual,” Duffy advised Match of Day.
“It’s a bit bizarre nevertheless it’s been sensible up to now everybody’s having fun with it so much and Vinnie and John (Gill) have been sensible and all of the teaching workers have been sensible up to now.
“We’ve at all times been a good group and we’re maintaining the identical model with Vinnie and Higgins and John Gill has clearly are available too so it’s been actually good for us.”
Talking to Match of Day a lot of months in the past, John Gill outlined that he and everybody on the membership are eager to point out that regardless of Kenny’s success, Dundalk’s rise was greater than only a one-man present.
Duffy agrees and feels that everybody on the Oriel Park has a ‘level to show’ forward of the brand new season.
“I’d agree, I feel Stephen clearly his success at Dundalk was unbelievable and what he’s performed with the membership, basically, was wonderful.
“A lot of individuals is perhaps considering ‘Kenny is gone, right here’s everybody’s likelihood to get at Dundalk’ and so they’re going to come back out this season to attempt to cease us however that’s good for us on the membership if we consider that.
“We all know have a degree to show to see if we will maintain constructing on the best way it’s been prior to now few years.”
Final marketing campaign Duffy was the division’s stand out participant, scoring 13 objectives as Dundalk wrestled the league title away from Cork Metropolis’s grasp.
However forward of the brand new season does the midfielder really feel he can enhance on final yr’s exploits?
“On a private degree, I’ll simply be trying to high what I did final yr and attempt to do what I did final season if not higher and attempt to get extra objectives and assists.
“Final season was a yr I’ll always remember it was my first time profitable the league and clearly profitable the FAI cup as nicely it was large for me.”
“That’s why I got here to Dundalk to win trophies. This yr I’ll be in search of the identical.”