After a short stint in Ireland, Neil McDonald has left his position as the head manager at Limerick F.C. Back in the country, he then took the job as Scunthorpe’s assistant manager. With SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, also known as the League of Ireland Premier Division, starting for the 2018 season on Friday, 22nd February, you cannot help but wonder if the former employer will miss the Englishman.
As we all know, Limerick executives were not delighted to let McDonald come to Glanford Park in January this year, although it all happened in a professional manner. While Limerick doesn’t want to consider the possibility of relegation, even before the first match, giving the team time to settle in, there’s no doubt they have a hard season ahead of them. The departure of the Premier League hardened manager is a significant loss.
The Premier League is one of the top football leagues in Europe. The best English clubs have millions of supporters all over the world, as shown by pages like Unibet Premier League Fanbases, which summarize their Facebook presence around the globe. Even the smallest role among EPL team’s stuff is worth mentioning. The next tier, the Championship, is a demanding competition as well. Neil McDonald spent his fair share in both as his coaching career has had a few interesting stops along the way. Working with Sam Allardyce at Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers being the most notable example. Except for Limerick, he has managed Carlisle United, Östersund and Blackpool for short periods of time.
Naturally, everyone at Scunthorpe expects great things from the new assistant manager who has to be used to the pressure involved with competing on high levels. With the team currently placed 5th and trying to secure the play-off position in League One in the foreseeable future, we are hoping his experience will help to achieve that goal and result in a memorable time for Scunthorpe United F.C.
Undoubtedly, the Irons have a lot to look forward to. This could be a great season. As for our Irish friends at Limerick, I’m sure everyone here wishes them all the best in their future endeavours.