Harrison hoping managerless Sligo won’t be ‘left standing’ for long more

Sligo’s Charlie Harrison has expressed frustration at the failure to appoint Kevin Walsh’s successor as Yeats County football boss.

Over four months have passed since Walsh tendered his resignation and the wing-back claimed the panel have been “left standing” as all other inter-county set-ups finalise plans for the 2014 season.

“We are very conscious of the fact that other county teams have their structures back in place and we’re just left standing,” said Harrison.

“We want to get started as quick as we can, maybe have a running start come the 15th of November.”

Sligo are permitted to return to training on Friday, but it appears the position will remain unfilled by that date, with management committee chairman Joe Taaffe confirming that interviews for the job will not take place until next week. Harrison revealed that the panel have agreed to return to collective training, with or without a manager.

“Like every good inter-county player we are all doing our own stuff. We met as a group two weeks ago just to make sure everyone is doing their own individual stuff so when the time comes we aren’t starting from a standing position and are heading into next season in good shape.

“We are being kept up to date by the board on how the search is progressing. They assured us that they are going to get the best man for the job, to see us push on and have a better season from last year. It is widely known that there are massive financial problems within the county. We were promised that would not impact on picking an individual for the senior job.

“There is no way that any inter-county team can go without the expertise of a dietician, nutritionist, psychologist, etc. I couldn’t see any manager agreeing to take over a county team without those specific sports sciences being in place. You are at a disadvantage straight away but we were assured that won’t be an issue. We just want the best man going forward. Kevin was such a good manager and I know things didn’t go well last year, but a similar structure in place to what Kevin brought to the table is all we are asking for. He was very professional in everything he did. I have been assured by the committee that they are going to get someone just as professional as Kevin. We couldn’t take a step back. We have to take a step forward.”

Despite Sligo’s abysmal 2013 campaign — successive defeats to London and Derry ensured their swift championship exit — the Carraroe native maintains the position is still an enticing one.

“If you look back at Sligo’s history in the last 10 years there has always been a blip here or there. After a bad year there always seems to be a good year. We are still in Division 3 and that is one positive from last year. Hopefully any manager looking to put his name out there will see this as a serious challenge.”

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