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Friday 19 October 2018

Mahon unsure of future St Pat's plans

PETE MAHON says he's still in the dark over the future plans for St Patrick's Athletic, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

The Dublin club suffered a double blow over the weekend as fullback Enda Stevens and keeper Brendan Clarke appeared to have left the Richmond Park outfit -- Stevens joining Shamrock Rovers while Clarke is close to agreeing a deal with newly-promoted Sporting Fingal.

Saints fans are worried about the short-term future of the club as Pats are currently without a manager or a CEO, have only three senior players under contract for next season and have now lost the highly-rated Stevens to Dublin rivals Rovers.



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Mahon took charge of Pats for the final nine games of last season, following the resignation of Jeff Kenna, and the team of Mahon and assistant John Gill helped Pats avoid the relegation play-offs to secure their Premier Division status.

But it's uncertain if Mahon will be in charge for next season as the club has effectively offered him the job, but there has been no movement since a meeting in Dublin last week. "I spoke to the club last week, we had discussions about where the club wanted to go next season and what they wanted me to do," said Mahon.

"I presented a document to them in terms of what I thought they needed to do. The club were due to meet and discuss it over the weekend and I am still waiting to hear back from them."

Only one player so far has definitely left the club as Declan O'Brien, on loan to Pats from Dundalk last season, has signed for Maltese club Valletta.

Defenders Jason Gavin and Noel Haverty and forward Ryan Guy are the only ones who are under contract for next season, but it's thought that former Middlesbrough man Gavin will leave and move to Australia.

Meanwhile, Sligo Rovers have confirmed the signing of former Ireland U21 cap Padraig Amond from Shamrock Rovers. The Carlow native made his debut for Rovers in their First Division campaign in 2006 and was one of the longest-serving players at the club, but now he has been allowed to move on as Sligo have swooped for the player.

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