Kerry FC football director Billy Dennehy says the club would rather recruit local talent than invest heavily on outside players

Kerry FC, which is in an advanced stage of applying to be recruited to play the Senior League of Ireland football next year, plans to build its team and future by recruiting domestic local players and “hard corruption”. Big signing, according to the new club’s football director, Billy Dennehy.

The former Sunderland, Derry City, Cork City, Shamrock Rovers and St. Patrick’s Athletic player – who grew up in Trolley – was speaking at Mounthawk Park on Wednesday when a delegation from the FAI called on the Kerry District to move the licensing process forward. Visited League Headquarters. A detailed inspection of the stadium was done.

Dennehy – who currently manages the Kerry Under-19 team in the League of Ireland – was joined at a press conference by Kerry FC CEO Brian Anscoff, KDL chairman Sean O’Keeffe and KDL secretary John O’Regan to discuss the plan. can be given more information about. League of Ireland football entry for Kerry team.

“Kerry FC’s main objective is to provide a distinctive path for young players from this county and the region,” said Dennehy. “The county’s grassroots has always been very strong and the clubs do a phenomenal job and the platform they provide for recreational level play on a weekly basis. But that was never the way to the elite level (soccer) in this county. Many people really don’t fully understand what is to come from here and try to become a professional footballer. The obstacles you face, the obstacles you have to overcome and many people can’t really understand the desire to move on and move forward in this game. ,

On the issue of funding the new Kerry FC club, Dennehy insisted that the club’s restructuring and development would be based on a self-sustainable model, rather than investing huge amounts of money in the venture.

“You can go about this model in one of two ways. You can go about the model where extensive revenue is needed in terms of recruiting players and resources, or you can go about that model. where you recruit locally and then try to be yourself – fast enough. And that’s the model we’re going to go down. It’s not a white horse that’s promised by the boys That they’re going to do that, that and another. It’s going to be built on Kerry. Soccer has always been built on hard corruption, many hours.

“Resources will be available in the US through Brian and the group, but ultimately that is not going to take away from what we are trying to achieve here, to create a community-based club that will become self-sufficient as quickly as possible. That is the objective, and as we can grow and develop in the medium to long term, we can certainly change our objectives and perhaps look at other resources that may need to move to the next stage. But for the short term it will be about operating the same way as it always has.”

Dennehy played football for schoolboys and youth with Trolley Dynamos and the Kingdom Boys, and then signed for Sunderland in 2005 after a short time with Shelbourne in Dublin. By 2008 he was playing with Derry City in Ireland, and for the next decade he had a very successful playing career in the League of Ireland.

“I feel like I’ve been back since I retired and my only focus is how can I overcome some of the obstacles that were there for me,” he said. “Not only that, but when the boys leave – and they have been to England over the years – the clubs celebrate them, they have been a part of their development and they are happy that they are gone, but how many of those players are now back. Arrive and don’t play anymore?

“It’s important to me that we have a back-up plan for those players, it’s important to me that we provide a springboard for them back in the game. It’s not easy, it never happens, when you have a We are striving to be at the elite level, but it is important that we do everything we can from the pitch to provide the platform, and then, as always, it is up to the rest of the players and the opportunities they take.

“The basis of all this has started long before my time. (KDL) has established structures at the national level from a young age, but now we can see that there are groups of players who have hunger and desire and I think they are at this level. We know we have a long way to go in order to level the gap for teams above us, but that’s what we strive to do.

“With regards to Brian and the club, it was very important to me that the alignment between the administrative side of the club and the sporting side of the club was completely strategically aligned, and in line with what we could achieve with the local group. Objective players. The biggest thing that Brian brought in is the models and structures we are hoping to come into, which we see as the best sustainable model not only for the short term but also for the long term.”

Brian Einsckoff is the CEO of Kerry FC, a Dublin native who has lived in Boston for 20 years, where he serves as CEO of the Boston Bolts, an MLS academy club. Ainscough joined the Kerry FC project through Steven Conway, a former U-21 football player from Kerry who now coaches at the Boston Bolts and works under Ainscough.

“I’m here at the invitation of Steven Conway, who works with me in Boston, and Steven got me in touch. [KDL officials] About the idea that myself and Billy Dennehy were playing with, with which to try and make sure the players within Carey get the opportunity and the platform to play at the highest level possible,” Anskoff said. “And it’s basically the easiest way we wanted to create a space for the Kerry players to play in our backyard. That’s where the conversation started with Stephen and Billy, and then we went to John (O’Regan), Sean (O’Keefe) and a few others, and that’s how we sit here now.”

Kerry FC expects to submit their full license application to the FAI by early September, and a decision is expected by mid-November. While the KDL executive acknowledged that there is still much work to be done, it is positive that the application will be successful and that Carey’s team will play in the League of Ireland in the First Division very soon.