Limerick FC manager Tommy Barrett was conducting a training session with his squad ahead of a massive game against relegation rivals Bohemians at Dalymount Park on Friday night. It was a light session as Limerick mentally prepared for the challenge ahead.
Before the session, the Limerick boss spoke to Sporting Limerick’s Adrian Finnin to discuss the Waterford win and the upcoming crucial period for the club.
Due to Eoin Wearen’s harsh red card against Waterford last Friday night, the Shannonsiders will be without the services of the Dubliner against his former club. Barrett was very disappointed with the decision.
“Yeah it is (frustrating). We are also down Killian Cantwell as well so they are two big losses for us. We will have to go out there and give it our best shot. Every game is going to be difficult for us whether we are missing players or have a full squad. We just have to go out and try to get the result.”
Limerick currently find themselves occupying the promotion/relegation playoff place as they are 9th in the Airtricity League Premier Division with nine games to go. Although the club were struggling to pick up results all season, the squad turnover in July resulted in many pundits writing off the club’s chances of remaining in the premier division. However, the Super Blues are just two points behind Sligo Rovers albeit the Bit O’Red have a game in hand. Barrett feels that remaining in the premier division, even if it means battling it out in a playoff, would be a successful season.
“Yeah it would be (a successful season). Once you stay up it’s definitely a successful season. I’ve said it a few times this year that it is about staying up. Next year the aim would be to see could we sustain and grow a bit and after that push on in year 3.”
The Limerick native has been delighted with the improvement in performances and despite playing both Bohemians and Sligo in the next three weeks, he does not believe that the results in those games determine the rest of the season for the club.
“I think there are still going to be a lot of twists and turns. Nobody expected us to beat Waterford and we probably should have got results against Pats and Derry as we had been playing very well.. The only team we didn’t look like getting a result off was probably Dundalk.”
You can watch the full interview below where Tommy speaks about the rise of goalkeeper Tommy Holland and gives his thoughts on the FAI’s newly proposed fund to allow clubs in immediate financial trouble to pay their players.
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