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Gill Quashes Marney Rumours

First Team News
// 8 Jul 2008

Dundalk manager John Gill has dismissed rumours that versatile midfielder Paul Marney has handed in a transfer request to the club. Doubts surrounding Marney’s future at Oriel Park surfaced over the weekend, after the 26-year-old was upset at being dropped from the starting XI for the Lilywhites’ home clash with Athlone Town last Thursday night.

However, despite admitting that the player was unhappy at not being selected for the game, Gill has quickly quashed reports that Marney – the longest continuous serving member of the squad having joined in 2003 – no longer wants to remain at the border venue.

“It’s total fabrication,” Gill told dundalkfc.com. “Paul Marney is going nowhere and doesn’t want to go anywhere. Obviously, he was very disappointed that he didn’t start last Thursday, as he is entitled to be, along with one or two others. But Paul is going nowhere, and nor is any player.

“No player will be leaving this club, unless I feel it’s necessary. We’re trying to keep our best players – not lose them. We’re also trying to win a league, and I think any player here would be foolish to even think of going anywhere else. Where else would they get a set-up like this and a group of fans like this?! They won’t get it anywhere else; certainly not in this division.

“The eleven players that play every week are the ones that are easy to keep happy. It’s the other nine or ten that you’ve got to try to keep their heads on. I was a player once myself. Players sometimes, unfortunately, see things with blinkers on. It’s their own little world they live in – we’ve all been there. I have to look at the bigger picture.

“I’ve got to pick teams to win games, and that’s what I’ll be doing. The team may change from week to week, depending on who we’re playing and the conditions that we’re playing in. That’s what I’m paid to do. I’m paid to make hard decisions, and I’m not afraid to make them.”