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Major Overhaul Planned for Dundalk FC, Confirms Jon Daly

Major Overhaul Planned for Dundalk FC, Confirms Jon Daly


Dundalk boss Jon Daly has acknowledged that significant changes are on the horizon for his squad at Oriel Park this summer. Daly, who is striving to steer the team away from relegation, admitted that one of their star players, right-back Archie Davies, might leave the club, but only for the right price and preferably to a club in the UK rather than the League of Ireland.

Daly has already been active in the transfer window, signing defender Bobby Faulkner, attacker Jad Hakiki, and midfielders Scott McGill and Norman Garbett, all of whom made their debuts in a recent 1-0 loss to Shamrock Rovers. Despite this defeat and slipping deeper into the relegation zone, Daly remains hopeful for a turnaround and anticipates more changes in the squad.

“We’re not done. We need a big overhaul,” Daly stated. “Players in the building that want to leave, I’m quite open to that. But it’s about getting the right cover in and replacing what’s going out with players of higher calibre coming in.”

Adding a new striker is a priority for Daly, though he acknowledged the difficulty in finding a proven goalscorer. Reflecting on his own career, Daly emphasized the importance of identifying strikers with potential rather than relying solely on their past scoring records.

Daly expressed satisfaction with his team’s performance against Shamrock Rovers and believes they deserved a draw. Despite the seven-point gap to eighth place, Daly urged his players not to panic and focus on climbing the table.

“Anyone who was at the game would probably feel we should have got something,” Daly said. “Unfortunately for us, it’s another hard luck story where you’ve put a lot into the game, had a few opportunities and come away with nothing.”

Looking ahead, Daly remains optimistic about their chances in upcoming matches against Drogheda and Bohemians, aiming for a positive run that could improve their league standing.

“We’ve still got plenty of games to play. If we can have a good couple of weeks, all of a sudden you could be sitting in a better position,” Daly concluded.

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