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Perth Happy With His Staff As ‘Rennie’ Makes Immediate Impact

First Team News
// 29 Jun 2020

Dundalk boss Vinny Perth believes that his backroom team is the one of the best in the country after landing the services of Alan Reynolds.

The former Waterford boss was unveiled as Ruaidhri Higgins’s replacement last week and Perth said he was impressed by how quickly ‘Rennie’ had made an impression on the training ground.

Speaking on a Patreon members’ episode of Home Check-In, Perth said: “Alan came in last week, got to know his surroundings very quickly and the lads were very impressed with him. He’s very experienced and he settled in with ease.

“Once we got permission from Waterford to speak to him, he really impressed me. I think he is the right fit for the club and he’s proven me right so far. I’d expect him to get better and better as time goes on.”

Perth played alongside Reynolds at Longford Town at the turn of the century and the duo also worked with Stephen Kenny at Derry City but the Dundalk manager refuted claims that they were close pals.

“I certainly didn’t hire a mate or somebody I was overly close to,” he said. “When we played against each other we kicked lumps out of each other and we would not have been bosom buddies.

“When you look at the job he has done, he got Waterford to an FAI Cup final as player-manager in 2004 and got them to Europe a few seasons back. He has European experience with Derry and he won a league with Pat’s and did a double at Cork as an assistant.

Dundalk FC strength and conditioning coach Graham Norton, left, physiotherapist Danny Miller, centre, and manager Vinny Perth. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

“His development of young players has been really impressive and his knowledge of young players coming back from the UK is excellent. He is one of the highest regarded coaches in Ireland.

“You don’t always pick your best mates,” he added. “You pick people who make your club better. Maybe we will become good mates because we had 20 or 30 phone calls this week so he’s starting to get used to me!”

Rennie’s arrival means that Dundalk’s coaching staff contains three men – Reynolds, John Gill and opposition analyst Shane Keegan – with senior management experience while goalkeeping coach Steve Williams is also a five-time league winner from his playing days with Shelbourne.

“I’m very happy with the experience we have in the group now,” said Perth. “We know the value that John Gill brings to us. We got that last year, particularly myself and Ruaidhri Higgins. That was badly needed.

“Willow isn’t shy in reminding us that he has won the most league medals as a player!” he smiled “and Shane is somebody who has great knowledge of the league. First and foremost you need to win the league as it’s your bread and butter.

“The medical aspect of things and the team of Danny Miller, David Murphy, Graham Norton and Dave Connolly is one side of the club that is European ready so we are really lucky.”

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