Experienced Limerick FC defender Brian O’Callaghan is impressed by what he has seen of new manager Stuart Taylor so far.
O’Callaghan, who was speaking at an event for past puils of CBS Sexton Street yesterday, trained under Taylor on Saturday, even though he has yet to secure a contract for the new season.
“He seems a good guy to be fair,” said O’Callaghan. “He’s stated that he wants to be approachable and he seems approachable. He says he wants to play attractive attacking football which hopefully we’re able to. The training sessions were good and tough. Simple and basic but that’s what you need getting back into it.
“I was only thinking about it myself the other day and a new manager coming in with fresh ideas and a new approach could give everyone the extra lift that we need coming into the Premier Division.”
O’Callaghan is particularly looking forward to seeing how their move to Thomond Park will work out.
“It’s definitely going to the best year in the club in the last 20 years,” he added.
“With the professionalism, it’s possibly the biggest year in the club’s history. They have had bigger years winning trophies but going down to Thomond Park the players are excited but I’d say they’re more happy about the surface being good every week.
“Jackman Park - if there were a few junior matches during the week the pitch could be cut up a bit - so we’re looking forward to playing there (Thomond Park).”
Limerick open their campaign on March 8 at home to Cork City, one of O’Callaghan’s former clubs.
“I’d say there will be a big crowd at that one and hopefully we can put on a performance and build from there. Possibly a lot of rugby fans will go because it’s the first soccer match and the novelty reason and hopefully if they’re entertained and enjoy what they see they’ll keep coming back.”
However, O’Callaghan knows that Limerick face a big step up in quality in the Premier Division and reckons the supporters need to be realistic with their expectations.
“It’s down to ourselves really and how we perform on the pitch. But we don’t really want the supporters expecting too much either in our first season back in the Premier Division.”
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