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Wednesday 24 May 2017

Buckley in for long haul as bosses lose out

St Pat’s manager Liam Buckley
St Pat’s manager Liam Buckley

It's been a bruising week for League of Ireland managers with two dismissals in the space of two days.

But as Sligo Rovers and Limerick get on with life minus Dave Robertson and Martin Russell in the dugouts, Liam Buckley says he never felt pressure during his side's tough start to the season.

With back to back wins, Pat's are a side on the up as they host Limerick - managed by caretaker boss Willie Boland - tonight, where a win could lift the Saints out of the bottom half.

"I didn't think I was under pressure," says Buckley. "You just try and win every match you play, and if you lose every match there is the possibility that your time could be up, it's the same for every manager whether it's in Ireland or England or wherever.

"We did play poorly in the first few games of the season and we needed to turn it around quickly, we have had a couple of wins now but we hope to push on."

Former U21 cap Boland, who had an impressive 63 Premier League appearances with Coventry City (1992-98) says he can look no further than tonight's game as Limerick seek a long-term replacement for Dubliner Russell.

"There's not an awful lot to be done except give the players the belief, which they have already, to go up to St. Pats and get a result. I think the players fully believe that they can go up there and get a result," said Boland ahead of the Richmond Park tie.

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