6 January 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

There will be added zest to Monaghan United’s first game of the new Airtricity League Premier Division campaign in March following the appointment of Sean McCaffrey as manager of the Mons’ traditional north-east rivals Dundalk.
Monaghan man McCaffrey will take his new side to Gortakeegan to kick off the season following his signing of a one-year deal with the Lillywhites shortly before Christmas.
Former Republic of Ireland senior international supremo Steve Staunton was one of many names being touted as the successor to Ian Foster at the Dundalk helm, but the ambitious Co Louth club have opted for the proven coaching acumen and wide experience of the 52-year-old McCaffrey, who spent seven years in charge of the national U-17, U-18 and U-19 squads before his involvement ceased in August of 2010. Eddie Gormley and the former St Patrick’s Athletic boss Pete Mahon were also believed to be under consideration for the post.
In an interview with following his appointment, McCaffrey said it was his goal to put in place a sustainable model of development at the club, stating that he saw the evolution of the Lillywhites as a long-term project.
“Teams come and go and managers come and go. If you look at what Alex Ferguson did at Manchester United or Wenger at Arsenal FC they built a club,” the Monaghan man stated.
“They have a situation where they buy good players and they produce good players, so it’s a mixture of both, and the structure from scouting 12-year-olds right through to scouting top international players is in place in both those clubs.
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