'Rumori' tries to bring coverage of as many continental leagues as possible.
For the SSE Airtricity League (or also known as 'League oif Ireland') we are counting on the insider look of Keith O'Dwyer.
Keith has worked for several years at the Irish club Sligo Rovers as he was the Club Promotion Officer and Secretary. He is now a volunteer within the club and the match commentator for local radio, Ocean FM.
'Radio Ireland' will bring stories and inside look from the Irish football realm.
Not to mention that Sander Puri is now a player at Sligo and we will follow him very closely this season!
After the excitement of the European draws action resumes this weekend in the SSE Airtricity League and even though they aren't contending for the Premier Division title, once again it is Sligo Rovers who are the focus of attention. Again at the time of writing Owen Heary's departure had not been confirmed even though his close friend Stuart Byrne was talking on one of the national stations here in Ireland about how Heary has been sacked. It's not an ideal situation but to their credit the team have been back training since Monday with all attention focused on their game against Bray Wanderers on Saturday. Joseph Ndo is taking the training and will be in the dugout in the Carlisle Grounds which is close to the promenade in Bray. This is a crunch game for Rovers as the result could determine what supporters can expect for the second half of the season. A win would hopefully see Rovers start the climb towards mid-table safety and maybe a good run in the Cup. Ah! The cup! For so many football fans it is always the shining light of their season, the hope that it might be their clubs year or that a good run can kick start league form. Rovers supporters are no different and well in recent time Rovers cup form has been exemplary. Beaten finalists in 2009 and winners in 2010, 2011 and 2013. But I digress as a defeat would see Rovers very much involved in a relegation battle and that is not where a club like the Bit O'Red should be.
While the club had and is coming under heavy criticism for having not issued a statement (as of yet!) clarifying the managerial situation, it is a very delicate matter and I would imagine that their hands are tied until a settlement can be reached. It is clear that Heary's reign is over so once all is sorted on the compensation front the club will have to begin looking for a new manager – again! There will also be movement on the players front as a natural consequence of having to pay off a manager means the club will have to look to make savings and one of the places to make a cut back is on the playing front. There have been plenty of rumours of who will be going but again I am sure that will all be confirmed in due course. Also affected by events in the Showgrounds are First Division leaders and near neighbours Finn Harps, they have two players – Regan Donolon and Ruairi Keating – currently on loan from Rovers and both are expected to return to their parent side once the transfer window opens on the 1st July. This will be disappointing for Harps who will be losing two first team players but good for the two lads in question who will push for a starting place with the Bit O'Red.
Due to gaelic (the national indigenous game in Ireland) commentaries it will just be updates on Ocean FM from the Bray game today with my good self, kick-off in the Carlisle is at 7:45pm Estonian time.
Until next week,