Saints Secure Euro Spot With Rout Of The Rovers

  • Sun, Oct 19, 2008 @ 9:56

PERHAPS Johnny McDonnell summed up the recent managerial changes at Shamrock Rovers best on Saturday night: "The only thing that surprises me is that people are surprised by what happens in football."

A second-half hat-trick by Ryan Guy ensured that Pat Scully's interim replacements at Rovers, Jim Crawford and Alan Moore, endured a disappointing start to their tenure as Pat's cemented their European spot for next season.

Scully's exit eary last week ensured there was an air of uncertainty around Tolka Park but the new management team and the players are convinced that Scully's departure will not hinder the club's immediate prospects.

"I think of all the clubs in the league, this is one that is going places," said Moore in the aftermath of Rovers' sixth successive game without a win.

"That is a compliment to the set-up at the club. Everything is there. Everything is geared towards the new stadium. Whoever does get (the job) is on to a good thing."

Those sentiments were echoed by skipper, Aidan Price whose own career was closely linked to that of Scully's.

"Pat was a big influence on my career and I will miss him at the club. As a centre-half he taught me a lot about my game. But that is football. We will move on and, hopefully, whoever they bring in will take us to the next level."

For newly-accommodated Shamrock Rovers all eyes are firmly on the future.

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Dundalk / November 1st @ 5:45pm
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