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Kenny speaks highly of Mahon’s values ahead of the Louth Derby

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny believes that Drogheda United boss Pete Mahon’s longevity in the game is something that young manager’s and coaches should take note of.

Speaking to ahead of tonigts night’s Louth derby Kenny spoke of the values that Mahon has instilled in his teams throughout his career.

“Pete Mahon’s longevity in the game is very impressive. I think a lot of younger manager’s and coaches could learn from some of the values that Peter has instilled in his Drogheda United team and his various teams over the years.

“He is nearly 70 years of age but he has evolved. He hasn’t sat still because you can’t. You can’t keep sending out the same message from 25-30 years ago. You have to evolve and move with the game. He has been willing to do that. “

Kenny compared his style to that of the famous Scottish manager’s of previous generations and praised his attitude in wanting to keep going in the game.

“Pete has always had that air of authority and a mixture of fear and respect that is associated with a lot of the Scottish manager’s from over the years.

“A lot of the young manager’s could learn from the values that he has instilled in his teams and his squads. His longevity in the game has been superb. His motivation and desire to keep going and improving is very impressive.”

The 45 year-old revealed the team news for the first local meeting of the season with his Lilywhites being without a number of bodies.

“For ourselves we have Robbie Benson, Shane Grimes and Stephen O’Donnell ruled out along with Stephen Kinsella. Ciaran Kilduff is suspended.

“We are waiting on a couple of others who have knocks. They should be ok but we are waiting on Paddy Barrett and Patrick McEleney have knocks from last weekend so we will see how they are. “

However Kenny is looking for the side to bounce back after last week’s defeat to Cork City and has pointed to the 100% record they boast at Oriel.

“From our point of view we have to regroup this week and our performances at home since the start of the season have been very, very good. We have picked up three wins at Oriel Park.

“We have a passionate home support here at Dundalk. It is important to bounce back and get a victory after the defeat last week. Our objective is to bounce back and win the game.”

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