Derek Daniels has had an involvement with an array of clubs on the northside of the city both as a player and now as a manager and it looks like he has found stability in the shape of Knocknaheeny Celtic, who have just captured the AUL Premier Division title after an unbeaten league campaign.
Here, Derek told us about the season just gone and how plans are already afoot for next season.
“The league was the target from the start of season for us, we knew it would be tough with Grattan and Coachford pushing us all the way but we kept it together and to go unbeaten for the season was a great achievement by the players.
“It would be wrong to single anybody out on and off the pitch as it’s been a collective effort from everybody especially the players.
“They worked hard all year and we had 20 players in the squad so it was tough at times to keep everyone happy but they kept their heads down and done their job when called upon and that’s testament to their character and the spirit in the group on and off the field,” said Derek.
With that in mind, Daniels is already looking to go at least one or two better next season and maybe look to add a cup to a successful defence of the league title.
“I’m starting to put things into place for next season already, we are looking at adding at least three or four players to the squad we have and hopefully that will put us in good position to retain the league and we will be hoping for good run in the cup competions.
“I was disappointed last year going out of the AOH Cup so early to Temple but they deserved their victory on the night.
“There’s a lot of work that goes into the whole set up mainly by our committee and we couldn’t go about our business unless they had everything in place for us.
“The pitch has been vandalised a few times this season and we have a lots of people to thank for their help in getting it ready for our matches as we want to keep playing our home games on Kilmore Road which is right in the heart of the community.
“It would be great for the area if we could have schoolboy teams in a few years to ensure we have a conveyor belt of talent coming through, but as of now, we are just looking forward to to next season and hopefully bringing more silverware to Knocknaheeny Celtic,” concluded Derek.
Derek Daniels was talking to Paul Hogan for Cork Sports News