Longford Town have appointed Graham Kane as our U19 manager for next season. Graham is also the newly appointed FAI Development Officer for Longford. Here's a statement from Graham, we look forward to working with him, best wishes to him in his new role.
My aim and objective of been U19 manager will be to create a player pathway for players to progress from U19 to the 1st team at the club. I will work very closely with U17 manager James Dermody to make sure we create an environment to give our players at U17& U19 the best chance to progress at the club.
It is vitally important that myself and James are singing of same hymn sheet to develop our players and create that pathway for our players to progress. We will implement a structure and environment for when our players progress from U17-U19 that it is a natural progression, players already know what is expected of them, also from U19-1st team if players are good enough to make the step up to Alan's squad they will know what standard is expected of them because they will be used to the same environment with the U19s.
We will expect high standards in everything that we do this will only benefit our players in their football careers and is all part of developing as a player. We will also encourage our players to be professional outside of football, by looking after themselves from social aspect and dieting as well, it all relates backs to what ambitions have the players set themselves if it is too play in our first team at the club they will need to adapt and adjust their lifestyle.
We will create a professional environment for our players but it all comes down to do they want to get to the top level. With the level we are at there will be a lot of travelling involved around the country. That’s a great test for them; that’s what I am kind of talking about in them preparing themselves, getting used to that side of it and not just turning up on match day fifteen minutes from where they live or anything like that. It’s about getting used to preparing, travelling, eating, diet, everything. That’s what it will come down to make sure a player is right to play in a game because that is the way it is in the Premier Division. It is something the players have to adapt to. I am really looking forward to the season ahead it is a great opportunity for me I'm looking forward to coaching and developing the best young players for Longford Town Football Club, also working closely with Alan Matthews and the first team staff at the club will be brilliant.