- Monday May 22nd, 2023 @ 16:48
Jon Daly Appointed First Team Manager
St Patrick's Athletic are delighted to announce the appointment of Jon Daly as First Team Manager, following a comprehensive recruitment and interview process with a number of candidates.
Daly has been in charge in an interim capacity for the last four matches, taking nine points from a possible 12, winning the games against Cork City (3-2), Drogheda United (3-0) and Shelbourne (1-0), his only defeat in that run came against Shamrock Rovers (3-2) last Monday.
The Saints are 4th in the League of Ireland Premier Division table, with 26 points from their 17 games so far.
St Pat's sit three points behind third placed Bohemians and eight points off top spot, which is currently occupied by Derry City.
Daly's first game as Manager will be at home to Dundalk FC this Friday.
Daly is delighted to be the new St Patrick's Athletic Manager:
"I'm very happy to be the Manager of this fantastic club and am looking forward to the challenge.
I'd like to thank the club for the opportunity and will be doing my best for everyone involved in St Pat's.
We've been happy with our performances over the last four games and have picked up three important wins.
The attitude of the players has been excellent and we'll be looking to keep that going, starting on Friday against Dundalk in front of another big crowd at Richmond Park.
Our supporters have been fantastic, as they showed again at Tolka Park on Friday, it makes a huge difference to the players on the pitch and we are looking forward to being back at home in Inchicore on Friday."
Chairman Garrett Kelleher said: "I'd like to congratulate Jon on his appointment as First Team Manager. We went through a thorough recruitment process, Jon has made a very positive impact on the team in recent weeks, winning three of his four matches in charge and we wish him luck in his new role as Manager."
Technical Director Alan Mathews added: "We're delighted that Jon has been appointed as St Patrick's Athletic Manager.
Jon stepped into the role as Interim Manager a few weeks ago and has not only delivered positive results, but some very positive performances too.
He's fully committed, driven, and wants to take the club forward in a direction that is fully aligned with our wider strategy.
We are delighted to give Jon his first opportunity in Management and we are looking to supporting him, and the rest of the first team staff, who will all remain in place, to help fulfil his ambitions and those of club."
After an almost 20 year playing career in England and Scotland, Jon moved into coaching in 2015.
His first coaching role was as Manager of Hearts U20s, Jon has also been Hearts interim first team Manager on two occasions in 2016 and 2017.
In November 2020, Daly (40), who holds a UEFA Pro Licence, joined TPS Turku as assistant manager to former Rangers striker Jonatan Johansson. He also became manager of the U23 team, Daly departed the role in December 2021 to join St Pat's ahead of the 2022 season.
We will host a media event Wednesday ahead of Friday's game against Dundalk at which Jon will be available for interview.