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Thursday 13 December 2018

Benson back for more at Dundalk

RETURN: Robbie Benson. Photo: SPORTSFILE
RETURN: Robbie Benson. Photo: SPORTSFILE

As Dundalk continue their search for a new manager to replace Stephen Kenny, the club have given fans a boost with news that key midfielder Robbie Benson has signed a new contract.

Dundalk supporters are still coming to terms with the departure to the FAI of Stephen Kenny, with no manager in place yet. Plans to put Kenny's assistant Vinny Perth in charge were held back as Perth does not have the UEFA Pro-licence qualification, and new FAI rules mean that managers need to have that completed before they can work in the Premier Division: until now, enrolment on the Pro-licence course was enough for permission to be given to manage in the top flight.

Dundalk youth team coach Mick Neville was heavily linked with the post but former Dundalk boss John Gill has now come into contention, though it's thought that Perth will have a big say.

Whoever is in the Oriel Park dug-out, he will get to work with Benson next season as he's opted to stay, despite being linked with a move abroad.

Success

"I am very happy to get it all done. It was just a matter of dotting the i's and crossing the t's. We're back in now to do a little bit of training and check our body fats, it's the first time since I've been here that we have been in before Christmas, which is great," says Benson.

"We had a great season last year and we managed to get the title back and win the FAI Cup as well which was a great way to end the season so it was a good one for us.

"You don't win a league and Cup double too often. Some of the lads who have been around in 2015 achieved it before and this was my first time doing it so it was great for me and for all of us. The players that are here and the style of football that we play will hopefully ensure that kind of success will continue.

"The majority have signed for next year and that keeps the ball rolling for next year."

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