Thursday 23 January 2020

Saints boss O’Donnell plans squad overhaul

St Pat’s manager Stephen O’Donnell
St Pat’s manager Stephen O’Donnell

Strikers Mikey Drennan, Glen McAuley and Gary Shaw will all leave St Patrick's Athletic as part of an end-of-season clear-out at the club.

And Dublin rivals Bohemians will hope to secure a deal to bring former defender Dan Casey back to Dalymount Park after a disappointing season for the Dubliner at Cork City.

Saints manager Stephen O'Donnell, who took over from Harry Kenny in August, is planning a major overhaul of his squad, with up to 10 departures.

Saints players Simon Madden, Rhys McCabe, James Doona and Gary Shaw are all out of contract and will leave the club, while midfielder Conor Clifford and defender Ciaran Kelly has confirmed on social media that they have moved on. Kevin Toner is also on his way out.

Goalkeeper Brendan Clarke and forwards Drennan and McAuley are all under contract but the club have told them they are free to find another club.

Drennan joined Pat's from Sligo Rovers, along with McCabe, at the start of the season in a move contested by Sligo but the former Aston Villa man was unable to make the desired impact.

McAuley arrived at Richmond Park from Liverpool midway through the season and scored two goals in his first three games but lost his place and is now available for transfer.

O'Donnell spent six and a half seasons at Dundalk before his move to St Pat's and it's believed he is keen to bring some of the Lilywhites squad to Dublin.

There has been one confirmed exit from Oriel Park, as Mark Devlin has left his CEO role.

"I may only have been here a relatively short period of time, but I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience and time in Dundalk," said Devlin.

"I've been fortunate to meet many fans and the passion they have for their club is clear to see.

"The club is fortunate to also have a very dedicated set of staff and volunteers and a playing squad which represents the club so well on and off the pitch."

The former Brentford CEO only arrived at Dundalk in April but his exit, for family reasons according to a club statement, means that Dundalk are looking for their third Chief Executive in three seasons.

Cork City plan major changes to their squad for 2020 and that could see a return to Dalymount Park for defender Casey.

He has a year left on his deal with Cork but could be allowed to rejoin Bohs if the club can agree terms.

Meanwhile, Scottish keeper Peter Cherrie says he's keen to stay on at Derry City for another season.

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