- Friday January 15th, 2010 @ 13:55
PATâ€™S MANANGEMENT TEAM MEET WITH FANS
A large group of supporters met with the St Pat's management team of Pete Mahon and John Gill on Wednesday night for a questions and answers session organised by the St Pat's Supporters Club.
Pete Mahon was asked by the fans as to the type of team that they can expect to see next season.
â€śOur aim is to assemble a team that is the best available with the budget provided.
While the budget has been massively reduced we've been in the game long enough to be able to work with this and get a decent squad together.
So far we've signed 14 players, we've signed players from perhaps less glamorous clubs, one or two from the first division, many of whom we've worked with, some perhaps have still to reach their potential but all are hungry to play.
In almost all cases money was discussed at the very end, they first wanted to know our plans which was a good sign.
Their attitude is right but in terms of how good they are, well I suppose only time will tell.
We're still in the process of building a squad. We have high hopes of signing another forward (Vinny Faherty was signed on Thursday) and ideally we are looking at a squad of 20 players â€“ 18 at a minimum.
In a previous life I was involved with a club for 26 years, it had a good community base and a loyal group of supporters and I would like to replicate that at Pat's.
The way the game is going we need to make sure we are getting some of the best young players available so it's important that we try and put a good youth structure in placeâ€ť â€“ Pete Mahon.
John Gill was asked as to the type of player that they have been looking to sign:
â€śWe've put a lot of thought and research into the type of players we want to work with.
We're looking for good young players with strong work ethic and the right attitude- it's not enough to just have ability.
Just like the fans, pride and passion is something we want to see.
Someone earlier tonight mentioned wanting to see the players coming off the pitch looking exhausted.
If fans see players trying their best in a game, putting in the effort then they will respond to them and even if results don't go their way they will appreciate that.
Full commitment is what we'll be looking forâ€ť â€“ John Gill.