• Tue, Jun 02, 2009 @ 16:11

St Patrick's Athletic have confirmed the appointment of John Carroll as assistant coach to Jeff Kenna and the first team at St Pat's.

“John came highly recommended to us”, said Pat's CEO Richard Sadlier.

”He has extensive experience of playing and coaching in the LOI, is already familiar with many of the players and I'm sure he will be a strong addition to the management team”.

Having progressed to the reserve team at Liverpool, John signed for Noel King and Shamrock Rovers in the early 1990's.

He spent a short spell at Athlone Town before he moved with manager Pat Devlin to Drogheda United where he went on to play for nine seasons.

When he finished his playing career with Monaghan United he returned to the Louth side to manage their reserves. In 2006 he became assistant coach to Paul Doolin at the club.

Carroll faced a disappointing end to his time at Drogheda as the club battled with examinership but was delighted to get back into the game.

“I was invited to come on board for two weeks and as I didn't really know Jeff it was a chance to take a few of the player sessions and for him to look at my coaching methods.

"I had worked with quite a few of the players before from their time at Drogheda – Jason Gavin, John Lester, Damien Lynch and Gary Rogers so that was a big help”.

St Pats and Caroll face a difficult challenge especially this week when St Pats must travel to Derry City tonight and then face table-toppers Bohemians on Friday night in Inchicore.

“It was disappointing not to come away with a win on Friday night, after the sending off our play became a bit loose and we conceded a soft goal.

"That is an aspect we have to keep working on, the League of Ireland is a very physical game, all teams, but especially the top teams have powerful players who can do damage so we need to work on clearing our lines every time we get a chance”.

Carroll however believes that the team and performances can improve.

"There has been a fair bit of fire-fighting from week to week with injuries and suspensions and we haven't had a settled side to work with.

"There is plenty of experience and quality in the side. With players like Bobby Ryan, Jamie Harris and Stuart Byrne all coming back in as well as a few more of the long-term injured due back, we can only get stronger and hopefully start to move back up the table”.

St Pat's next home match is against Bohemians at 7.45 on Friday night at Richmond Park.

Next Fixture

Finn Harps / April 22nd @ 5:00pm
Venue: Finn Park

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