Jonathan Daly’s career story has more depth than concern generated by the Dubliner’s decision to sign for Glasgow Rangers, but new St Patrick’s Athletic assistant now accepts why that is. a recurring talking point.
I’ve been reminded of that a few times since moving back to Ireland from Finland for the winter, with a call from Tim Clancy allowing Daly to reacquaint himself with the country he left when he was 15 years old. to Stockport.
Clancy, a big Celtic fan who spent most of his playing career in Scotland, tended to scoff when Daly produced blue bibs during training. “He gave it to me for not using the blue bib,” he laughs.
However, there was also praise from Brian Kerr, a former Saints and Ireland manager who is still part of the interior at Inchicore. Kerr has previously spoken about falling in love with Rangers in his youth.
“He told me he was so proud of me taking that step,” the 39-year-old grins.
He’s been honest about his reasons for giving up two categories from Scotland’s top flight to sign for Rangers in 2013 as they continue their climb from rock bottom with a new trading name.
They are offering better money than Dundee United and while the news has focused on Daly being a Catholic, the reality is that the label means nothing to him.
“The most important thing at the time was religion and I’m not a religious person at all,” he said.
“That aspect didn’t work for me. There were a lot of different reasons. It was the opportunity to play under Ally McCoist, with whom I had a lot of time. My salary has obviously increased, this is what. help you when you reach that age (30).
“You don’t get more crowds than in Ibrox, even if we’re in the lower leagues. It ticks a lot of boxes for me.
“People have told me about going to other places but when there’s no offer on the table, you can’t just do an Odemwingie and show up somewhere..”
The decision is controversial and the bag of mail hasn’t always gone well for Daly, whether it’s from his club’s supporters or from their rivals.
“You’re a bit weird and it’s both sides. It’s part and parcel,” he shrugged.
“It got to the stage where I was telling the secretary at the practice yard to read my letters. If it’s negative, I don’t want to see it and if it’s ticking, don’t open it.
“My wife always says that I’m a very emotionless person when it comes to such things. I can pretty comfortably deny that.
“Of course, that’s a big deal when you step back and examine it. I didn’t think about it at the time.”
Daly admitted he was quite happy to see the Rangers back in the treetops in Scotland although he brushed off questions of pride in his own role as they climbed the ladder.
“You’re part of history, but I don’t depend on them winning the SPFL,” he said. “I am very happy for the fans that they are back at the same club.
“The structure inside the club is huge, the training ground, the architecture, the fan base from home to away. It’s crazy. The people who work at the club have had to go through a lot. Many yards are hard to get back to where they belong. which is very small.”
Daly had a big role in the Saints and was delighted that Clancy – whom he knew during a training session – contacted him when he was leaving Drogheda for Dublin 8.
His career began at Hearts, where he was originally hired as U-20 boss but served two terms as interim manager before leaving in early 2020 when Daniel Stendel chose to bring his men. into the.
The relocation in Finland was for the sake of friendship with Jonatan Johansson, the former Rangers hitman who needed number two at TPS Turku. It’s a pleasant one except for the winter temperatures.
As a player, he turned down opportunities in the Irish League, choosing to stick with it in the lower divisions of England and then Scotland as he was associated with going home with defeat. Now, he sees the league differently and sees his new job as an improvement.
“I probably don’t have any plans to go back to Ireland but when you’re a coach, when you’re playing, you don’t know what’s around the corner,” he said.
“I look back at what the club did last year and what they’ve done in their history and it’s a big football club. For myself, I want to try and moving forward as I continue my own coaching career.
“When I left Hearts and went to Finland, it might have been a step back in terms of standards but a step forward in the role because I was the first team coach and then the assistant.
“I see coming here as a clear step up in terms of standards and the same role as assistant coach. It’s a positive step. The league is at a good standard right now and has a lot of players. quality in it.”
Daly retains her ambition to be number one with the journey of her good friend Jim Goodwin, the new boss of Aberdeen, as inspiration. For now, though, he’s more than happy to help Clancy get on her way.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/league-of-ireland/the-secretary-at-the-training-ground-had-to-read-my-letters-dubliner-jon-daly-on-hate-he-received-after-signing-for-rangers-41429642.html ‘The clerk at the training ground has to read my letters’ – Dubliner Jon Daly on the hate he received after signing for Rangers