Things could have worked out so differently for Drogheda United boss Tim Clancy this season. Handed a potentially crippling four-match touchline ban for comments he made about match officials following the “Drogs” FAI Cup exit at home to Waterford FC, many wondered if the wheels would come off the County Louth club’s promotion hopes.
Grateful to have the services of such an experienced number two in former Shelbourne manager and Longford Town assistant Kevin Doherty, Clancy was quick to praise his deputy when speaking on last night’s Between the Stripes LOI podcast. “Kev has been brilliant the last four games, he’s won three and I owe him a lot for what he’s done.”
Clearly delighted to once again be free to roam the United Park touchline following the conclusion of his ban, Clancy admitted he will learn from the experience of been forced to sit in the stands in recent weeks.
“The four games I got it was my own fault and I’ll learn from that. I was wrong with how I expressed my feelings after the game (V Waterford FC) and certainly wrong with how I spoke to the officials after the game so you can’t point the finger at anyone but yourself but it is certainly something I’ll learn from.”
Having overcome Shelbourne in an all-time classic via the dreaded penalty-shoot-out route on Monday night, Clancy is under no illusions as to how tough the ask of toppling second placed Finn Harps is going to be in this next round of the end of season play-offs, as both sides battle it out for a place in the promotion/relegation final against cash strapped Limerick FC.
“UCD are one of the best First Division teams In history this season and only for conceding a late goal on the second last day of the season they (Finn Harps) could have finished level on points, we are under no illusions.”
For a full preview to that play-off first-leg between Drogheda and Finn Harps plus Tim Clancy’s full interview, skip forward to 43 minutes on Series 2-Episode 27 of Between the Stripes LOI podcast, which can be listened to below using the Audioboom player. Alternatively, search for the show on your favorite podcast platform such as Itunes, SoundCloud, Spotify, Player FM and others. Finally, leave a review of the show on Itunes and you could win a Richie Towell print by LOI artist, Barry Masterson.