Fogarty: We Won’t Take Verona Lightlyby Cork Sports News November 22, 2019
Leeds have gone into a period of significant transition at intermediate level with the focus on developing youth and they have turned to a man with an enviable track record at youth level in James Fogarty.
“So far, its been a great experience for me.
“I’ve taken the job a little earlier then I had hoped as I had a lot of other commitments with the Cork Youths, Munster Youths and a schoolboys team but there was a plan in place to reshape the team over the summer and try to bring some youth into the team that didn’t work out as we had hoped.
“But its my boyhood club and when the club asked me to help out, then of course, I was more then happy to oblige.
“So far, its been a great experience and everyone is buying into what we are trying to achieve.
“The plan is not to just stay in the first division this season but to get promoted to the premier.
“That is where a club like Leeds belongs and if its not something we are aiming for then there is something wrong.
“We have brought in a number of top class players who have had experience at the very top level and with some new additions to the squad in December, I can’t see why we cannot challenge for second spot in the league,” said James.
Intermediate Cup this weekend and on paper, Leeds face a tricky tie with Verona and Fogarty is hopeful home advantage will be key.
“I always think this squad has a good chance of winning any game and although we may go out with different game plans, I think we will always give ourselves a chance.
“Against Mayfield, two weeks ago we set up a little defensively and looked to counter but when at home we have confidence in our own ability and will go to win the game.
“Although the league is our main focus, cup ties like this are a great incentive for our players to show they can mix it up with the very best.
“We have great firepower in the squad and with the likes of Johnny Creamer, Chirs Coleman and Kenny O’Leary in our
squad, we will always score goals.
“We have watched some video clips on Verona and they are a good well organised team.
“They beat a strong Dublin Bus team in the last round and we will not be taking them lightly.
“They have got a very strong front two who we will need to contain but for us this weekend the best form of defence will be attack.
“If we score early then we think we can then control the tempo of the game,” commented James.
The job is a big one and local soccer needs a strong Leeds at this level and for James, the decision to take the top job was straight forward.
“The decision was an easy one, this is my boyhood club who I owe an awful lot to.
“This is the club that gave me my first opportunity playing and coaching and when they were struggling and asked for
help, I was only happy to oblige.
“The plan for the rest of the season is take every game as it comes and aim to win every single game.
“If that’s not what we are aiming for as a club then whats the point?
“We are going to develop young talented players and make sure they get a chance to impress at the highest level.” concluded Fogarty.
Leeds manager, James Fogarty was in discussion with Eoin Donovan before tomorrow afternoon’s FAI Intermediate Cup tie with Verona with a 2pm kick-off at Leeds Park.