The search is ongoing for a new manager to take the helm at Square United for the upcoming 2017/18 North East Football League season.
Speaking at the club’s 2017 AGM in Ardee on Wednesday evening, chairman Sean Malone confirmed that there is currently no first team management team in place and the club was working to put one in place ahead of the start of pre-season training next month.
“We’re working on it,” he said. Last year, Adrian Conlon and Mark Rooney took joint control of first team affairs.
Square’s first team endured a difficult campaign in 2016/17. They had to wait until the penultimate game of the season to secure their safety in the second tier – courtesy of a 5-2 win away to Navan Town. That victory meant the Ardee men finished eighth in the 12 team division but it was just their fifth win all year – and their home form left much to be desired.
They won just once at the Boys School Field, taking five points in total.
“We hadn’t a great season. I hope we do better next year,” secretary Tony Boyle added. “We need a bit more commitment from the players to be better than they are. We all look at the team and we know we’re better than where we finished. With a bit more commitment, we’ll be up at the other end of the table.”
In his Secretary’s Report, Boyle also expressed his thanks to last season’s coaches. “It hasn’t been our finest season on the pitch,” he wrote. “While our second team almost gained promotion, our first team did well to hang onto our Division 1 status. I want to take this opportunity to extend thanks on behalf of the club to the management teams; Adrian Conlon & Mark Rooney and Mark Smyth & Declan O’Reilly.”
The meeting also heard that Square are hopeful of moving their senior teams to the new pitch at Ardee Community School for the start of next season. There are some concerns over the ongoing construction work adjacent to the pitch, but the club say the intention is still to be using the new pitch come August.
The need to move first and second team home games to the new pitch at the school has become even more pressing as Square’s juvenile section expands at a rapid rate – meaning there’s more demand for use of the Boys School Field.
Sean Malone will once again continue in his role as Chairman for the coming season. The election of officers saw Tony Boyle also re-elected as Secretary and Paul Landy (Treasurer), Oliver Leavy (Vice-Chairman), Sean Kellett (Asst Secretary) and Shane Conlon (Assistant Treasurer) all will continue in their roles.
Paddy Griffin (Juvenile Secretary), Robert McQuillan (Juvenile Head Coach), Carol McQuillan (Child Protection Officer) and Lisa Conlon (PRO) all remain in their positions.
It was confirmed at the AGM that the club are working on putting together a Square United Constitution. “The way the club is now, we certainly need one,” Boyle said. “It’s an important document. It’s not something we should rush into but we’ll make sure we’ll get it right.”