LIMERICK FC manager Tommy Barrett says he would love the opportunity to lead the troubled club’s promotion drive in 2019.
Barrett’s Limerick FC side was relegated to the First Division of the SSE Airtricity League for next season after suffering a comprehensive 3-0 aggregate defeat to Finn Harps on Friday night.
A trying season for the ‘Blues’ players, management team and supporters on and off the pitch ended with their bitterly disappointing 2-0 defeat to Harps before a crowd of close on 3,000 at the Markets Field.
Barrett said his appetite to manage the team in 2019 was still there despite a testing first season in charge.
Barrett had his budget cut significantly through the second half of the season due to financial issues at the club which saw up to half a dozen senior squad members depart during the summer transfer window.
Barrett said: ”I do want to be here next season. It has been a difficult year in my first job, but I suppose if I can get through this year I can get through any year.
“It has been a difficult year for everyone. The problem with that is when there are issues in a club it seeps down into everyone, it seeps out to the fans, to the public and there is a lot of negativity there.
“The lads and ourselves tried our best. Tonight wasn’t good enough. I can’t say the players didn’t try, it just wasn’t their night.
“That happens, that’s football. Could we have done something different? Maybe we could, we will have to look back on that and reflect on it.
“I was offered this job and I took it. Was it the right time for me? When is the right time? You might not get another chance, you had to take it when you are offered it.
“I am not so sure who else gets us into a play-off and who else keeps us up. That’s not sounding arrogant or anything like that. Maybe someone could have kept us up, I’m not so sure.
“I thought we did an ok job considering the circumstances. I feel I should probably be given an opportunity in the First Division, but I understand if I’m not.
“That’s football. And then if you don’t do it in the First Division, of course it depends on resources in the First Division as well.”