Hit with a four-game touchline ban, following some unflattering post-match comments about the leagues match officials after Drogheda’s unfortunate FAI Cup exit at home to Waterford, many felt Tim Clancy’s choice of words could very well derail the County Louth sides promotion chances this season. Needing a win a fortnight ago at home to Longford to keep their season alive it was “Drogs” number two, Kevin Doherty who was forced to take the United Park hot-seat as both Clancy and the clubs Director of Football, Dave Robertson were exiled to the stands. Overcoming that initial hurdle and even following it up with a tricky away win down in Cobh, former Shelbourne boss Doherty will again take the reins on Friday night as the “Super Drogs” host none other than “Shels” in the first-leg of the 2018 First Division play-offs.
Speaking on last night’s Series 2-Episode 26 of Between the Stripes LOI podcast, Doherty played down the loss of his superiors in recent weeks. “No, not really, I haven’t had to take a much bigger role. I mean myself and Tim (Clancy) would normally do a lot together anyway but it’s still his team and tactics.”
Often with lengthy touchline bans supporters wonder just how restricted the punished party actually is in terms of contact and communication with the team but on last night’s show Doherty confirmed there is a blanket ban on rookie manager Clancy getting in touch with the coaching staff, not only during the game but for an hour either side of proceedings. Luckily for followers of the 2007 League of Ireland champions, Doherty is well versed in going it alone having previously managed this weekend’s opponents, while the Dublin native was assistant to Alan Mathews at Longford in the early stages of last season.
Going on to speak about any potential emotion in trying to down his former employers, a club Doherty clearly has strong regard for despite his departure in 2016, the Drogheda assistant commented:
“Not really no (it wont affect me), I’ve been back to Shels a few times over the last couple of years with Longford and obviously this year with Drogheda and look maybe it’ll be a little bit different when I’m down on the sideline. It’s obviously a club I have a great connection with having spent most of my career there as a player or coach or manager but it’s something I’ll be very comfortable with and hopefully we can go there and get the win.”
You can catch Kevin Doherty’s interview in full on Series 2-Episode 26 of Between the Stripes LOI podcast from 20 minutes and 20 seconds in to the show, which also featured interviews with Shelbourne striker Davy O’Sullivan and Sligo legend Raf Cretaro. Listen now using the Audioboom player below or alternatively you can find the show on the likes of Itunes, SoundCloud, Spotify and many more by searching for Between the Stripes LOI podcast on your preferred podcast platform.