New Sligo Rovers manager Gerard Lyttle has opened up about his ambitious plans for the club.
The former Cliftonville boss put pen to paper on a two-year deal having succeeded Dave Robertson.
Lyttle has high hopes for this group of players and feels they can start picking up results right away:
“It’s been very positive, the boys have been excellent in everything we’ve asked them to do to date so we’re really pleased.
“I think we’re going in the right direction, the boys in here they’re a talented bunch. With a little bit of direction and bit of hard work, I think things are looking promising for us.”
He guided Sligo to a 3-0 win over Limerick in the SSE Airtricity League last week, that result leaves them 8th in the table, two points above the drop zone.
Lyttle though feels Sligo are not a side who should be fighting relegation:
“A massive club like Sligo Rovers for me shouldn’t be down at the bottom end, they should be up fighting and challenging at the top end.
“It’s a football town, football place and the people are passionate about their football, it fits well for what I am about myself, I really look forward to the season ahead and hopefully the season after it.”
Lyttle believes Sligo Rovers, champions of the Premier Division in 2012 have underachieved in recent season. He reckons with their resources and a full-time set-up, they should be challenging the top teams:
“It’s their job you’ve full control over that you’re not having to worry about players coming late for work or whatever excuses you have.
“There is no excuses when you play for Sligo Rovers, you’re coming to work. This is their bread and butter. It’s definitely a big attraction for players and managers to come here and be part of that.”
Having defeated Limerick FC 3-0 in his first home league outing, the next game sees capitulating champions Dundalk play host to them on Friday night, Lyttle though feels they would be foolish to underestimate them:
“They’ve got a lot of good players, I’ve seen their game with Shamrock Rovers and their game plan worked to stop in many of our opinions their main man, Patrick McEleney.
“They’ve other good players we’ll stick to our stuff and hopefully on the night that good enough for us, we’re not going to be focusing on one or two individuals.”
You listen to the full interview with Gerard Lyttle on 98FM's League of Ireland Podcast: