Galway United boss Ian Foster is excited about taking charge of his first competitive fixture when his team travel to Richmond Park on Friday to meet St Patrick’s Athletic.
The rookie manager took over the reins of The Tribesmen after Jeff Kenna departed for St Pat’s and the pair will face off against each other in the opening game of the new Premier Division season.
After originally meeting Kenna when the two were employed by Kidderminster Harriers, he agreed to follow the former Ireland international over to Galway last year to form a new management team at Terryland Park.
The duo were successful in avoiding relegation on the last day of the 2008 season, but now Kenna has moved on and Foster has been afforded the chance to prove himself as a manager in his own right.
While he is looking forward to the chance of testing himself against his friend, Foster is hoping to cause an upset on Friday by beating St Pat’s on their home turf.
“It is an interesting fixture to start off with,” smirked Foster.
“Obviously it is a great opportunity for both of us to test ourselves as new managers and to get off to a good start in the league. It will be a little odd not being Jeff in the dug-out, but we’ll see plenty of each other on the sideline.
“We exchanged a few texts when the fixture list was released and we have been looking forward to the game.
“It is a big game in a lot of ways and I wish Jeff all the best for the season, but for when we play them I’ll be hoping that they don’t play as well.
“St Pat’s are a fantastic club and showed that by finishing second last season. We’ll go up there with the aim of competing with them and hopefully we’ll give a good account of ourselves.”