'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!
Another week of action in the SSE Airtricity League and another disappointing result in the Premier Division for Estonian's favourite Irish side – Sligo Rovers – no other team is making such a claim so I am trademarking it for Rovers!
Last Saturday they took on bottom side Limerick in the Showgrounds and despite a more improved performance the game finished in a 1-1 draw. Dinny Corcoran had given them the lead in the first half and despite having most of the possession and chances they couldn't get a second. As the game wore on they naturally began to play a little deeper looking to protect their lead and Limerick ended up equalising in the 94th minute. To rub further salt in their wound it was a former player Paul O'Conor who scored the goal.
For me what was more disappointing was the crowd which was just over 1,000 which is one of the lowest in recent times and clearly supporters are voting with their feet and showing their dissatisfaction with results and performances. There is a lot of pressure on the manager Owen Heary but he seems to be handling it well and comes across well in his post match interviews, he went on radio then on Sunday and held a firm line that the team are playing well and will turn their season around and he believes that he can win the league with the club albeit not this year!
By all accounts the management committee of the club met during the week and gave Heary a vote of confidence which is the right thing to do as he needs time and needs to be given the chance to turn things around.
I'll make a bold statement and say that the club won't get relegated but that said this is going to be a disappointing season. Sacking the manager now will achieve little, they were rash last year with the way they treated Ian Baraclough and in my opinion the club is still suffering from the ramifications of that. What they do need to do to address the falling crowds is do what the club had been great at and get out and engage with the support base. Get Heary out and about more and hold forums around Sligo and have him share his vision for the club because at the moment a lot of supporters aren't on board with him and his stand offish manner isn't helping develop a relationship with the Rovers fans. The club did get a good draw in the FAI Cup with a home draw in the second round against non-league side Crumlin United from Dublin. It will be a sticky game but one that Rovers can and will come through and that game is due to be played on Saturday 30th May. A good cup run would go a long way towards getting supporters on board with Heary.
For Sander Puri well he started against Limerick on the left and played well, he seems to be settling into the side and now that he is playing more, he is beginning to show what he can do, he will be key to Rovers starting to string some results together. This evening Rovers are away to Cork in what is sure to be a tough game yet the Bit O'Red do have some form in that ground and have ran the Leesiders close in their past few encounters. As always there will be live radio commentary on Ocean FM and you can listen Worldwide through the website www.oceanfm.ie. Kick-off in Turners Cross is at 9:45pm Estonian time.
Until next week,