Jon Daly takes charge of Dundalk

Premier Division strugglers Dundalk have confiemed the appointment of Jon Daly as their new first-team manager.

Daly was sacked by St Patrick’s Athletic just over a fortnight ago but has sealed an instant return to the dugout to replace former boss Noel

However, the Dubliner will have to wait until he takes charge of the Lilywhites until next week as he sits in the stand for their clash against Galway United with a watching brief.

“This is a great opportunity,” said Jon Daly. “I looked at everything, the squad, the support, the history of the club, and it’s something I’m really excited about.

“When you look at the squad, there is a real high level of quality there, and a nice blend of youth and experience. It probably took the new players some time to click and gel but I think we have seen in recent weeks what this squad is capable of and I have no doubt that we can start climbing the table.

“In terms of the club, Dundalk is a town that is known for football, which is something I’m really looking forward to. When you look at the clubs I’ve been at throughout my career, most of them have had another on their doorstep but this is different.

“I’m going to a place where there is only one club and even though the results haven’t been great at times this season, I’ve noticed that the energy from the terraces and the support has always been there.

“I’m looking forward to sampling that and I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the area. When I’m in, I’m all in. Football consumes me and I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone at the club, and the area. I can’t wait to get started.”

Daly won the FAI Cup when in charge of the Saints last year after replacing former boss Tim Clancy.

And he moves to Oriel Park in the knowledge he has a task on his hands to stave off the threat of relegation, with Dundalk bottom on 12 points.

They are just three behind ninth placed Drogheda United.