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God I really hope it works for ye. These takeovers always make me nervous.

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9 hours ago, City til I die said:

What happened to the european money? I thought after that youd strengthen the squad and be untouchable for years to come. Been the opposite almost

Our Dundalk fan will be able to give a better response, but I thought the squad Dundalk put together last year was good enough to win the league. They just didn't start well, and Cork exceeded expectations. I'd expect Dundalk to go back to winning ways soon enough.

The club needs a lot of money though. That European money could be spent very quickly if they're not sensible. Their pitch set up is just shite.

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9 hours ago, City til I die said:

What happened to the european money? I thought after that youd strengthen the squad and be untouchable for years to come. Been the opposite almost

Cork City had a freakishly good season last year, spearheaded by a player who was on fire and was easily Championship level. We were in a season of transition after an unusually short pre-season due to Europe and losing 3 key players. It took Dundalk almost half the season to get back to the previous level and we cut a gap of over 20 points to 7 in the 2nd half, we recovered well but  just ran out of games. This year we have had a proper pre-season, have become a 100% professional full time outfit. Cork City will be up there too and personally I think it's good to have at least one side competing with us. Looking forward to the new season!

In terms of the European money it dried up quickly. Close to 500k corporation tax, a massive legal dispute over the lease of the ground with the previous owner Gerry Matthews and fee's owed to the County council, over €1m was spent relaying the pitch with next gen artificial grass and European bonuses as well as travel costs took a size-able chunk out of the European money. 

The club did make circa 3m profit from that European run but the vast amount of money was put aside to redevelop Oriel Park, which is in dire need of a face-lift. For Dundalk, or indeed any League of Ireland club to become a dominant force domestically like a Rosenborg or BATE Borisov, that would probably require consecutive or multiple season's in the Group Stages of Europe. In order for a club here to achieve that, it needs adequate investment. Hopefully this crowd is what the club needs to reach that level of dominance. 

 

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20 hours ago, Nugget said:

God I really hope it works for ye. These takeovers always make me nervous.

Past takeovers in the league have all ended in disaster, our previous owners are probably the only ones who've left a League of Ireland club making a profit! It is nervy, but I think it's a now-or-never moment for the league and Dundalk FC. It's a massive leap of faith! 

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2 minutes ago, Liam_DFC said:

Cork City had a freakishly good season last year, spearheaded by a player who was on fire and was easily Championship level. We were in a season of transition after an unusually short pre-season due to Europe and losing 3 key players. It took Dundalk almost half the season to get back to the previous level and we cut a gap of over 20 points to 7 in the 2nd half, we recovered well but  just ran out of games. This year we have had a proper pre-season, have become a 100% professional full time outfit. Cork City will be up there too and personally I think it's good to have at least one side competing with us. Looking forward to the new season!

In terms of the European money it dried up quickly. Close to 500k corporation tax, a massive legal dispute over the lease of the ground with the previous owner Gerry Matthews and fee's owed to the County council, over €1m was spent relaying the pitch with next gen artificial grass and European bonuses as well as travel costs took a size-able chunk out of the European money. 

The club did make circa 3m profit from that European run but the vast amount of money was put aside to redevelop Oriel Park, which is in dire need of a face-lift. For Dundalk, or indeed any League of Ireland club to become a dominant force domestically like a Rosenborg or BATE Borisov, that would probably require consecutive or multiple season's in the Group Stages of Europe. In order for a club here to achieve that, it needs adequate investment. Hopefully this crowd is what the club needs to reach that level of dominance. 

 

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Thanks for that. Went to a fair few Dundalk games home and away before I moved over here and when they didnt clash with Newry games. Like to see them back to winning ways next season. 

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On 1/19/2018 at 8:59 PM, City til I die said:

Thanks for that. Went to a fair few Dundalk games home and away before I moved over here and when they didnt clash with Newry games. Like to see them back to winning ways next season. 

Newry City are on the way back up to the Premier aren't they? We could be playing up in Newry as temporary measure soon if/when the new stadium is being worked on! Would certainly be a better option than Drogheda. 

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I'm full of confidence for the season ahead after we signed this beast!

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15 hours ago, Nugget said:

I'm full of confidence for the season ahead after we signed this beast!

Robbie-Williams-signs.jpg

Who the hell is that Steve Evans lovechild?

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There's a fella called Robbie Williams hiding behind that wobbling double chin. He did the rounds in Barnsley, Blackpool, Huddersfield when he was younger. Has been playing in Ireland for a few years. Galway aren't exactly in a great place after being relegated, but seeing lads in that shape in pre season is mad. 

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9 minutes ago, Nugget said:

There's a fella called Robbie Williams hiding behind that wobbling double chin. He did the rounds in Barnsley, Blackpool, Huddersfield when he was younger. Has been playing in Ireland for a few years. Galway aren't exactly in a great place after being relegated, but seeing lads in that shape in pre season is mad. 

Christ I thought he was a manager

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1 hour ago, el_sf-io said:

Christ I thought he was a manager

Same. I assumed he just got a got a coaching job when I first saw it. I'm in far better shape than that man. It would give anyone hope 

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On 2/2/2018 at 4:08 PM, Nugget said:

Same. I assumed he just got a got a coaching job when I first saw it. I'm in far better shape than that man. It would give anyone hope 

What a mess! At some point during the upcoming season I can see him taking on a coaching role, he'll not be fit for the First Division, a division made up of a lot of young players who'll kill him for pace. He has experience, but I'd question if he's even arsed anymore and by looking at that photo, the answer is pretty obvious. 

As for Galway, I think you are in decent shape to go back up. It will be competitive in that Division this year. Bookies favourites to win the First Division unless I'm mistaken or it's changed with Finn Harps' recent signings. I'll be interested to see how Carlton gets on in Galway, he's a good prospect.

 

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