NEW Dergview boss Ivan Sproule has appealed for the local community to come out and play their part in helping his young team turn their season around.
Sproule took charge of his first full training session on Tuesday evening and ahead of today’s clash against high-flying Dundela, said he was impressed by the attitude and desire shown by his players.
“That’s the first training session done and dusted with my backroom staff at Darragh Park and my young squad gave me real hope they can turn their season around with the spirit I have seen already,” he said.
“But we are going to need the Dergview supporters to come out like never before to give these young men support through the tough times they are going through at the minute with a losing run they so badly want to end.
“I would appeal to all Dergview supporters of the past, present and the future please come give your club the voice it deserves. For the players it can feel like the 12th man.
“I have returned as manager to work as hard as I can to lift the club so come and play your part in the coming weeks as your presence means more than you could ever know.”
Sproule’s first match in charge resulted in a 5-3 defeat at Knockbreda on Saturday. That game came just 48 hours after he and assistant Neil Coulter had been officially unveiled as the new management team following the departure of Peter Allen.
The game itself was delicately poised at 3-3 with six minutes remaining when ‘Breda netted their fourth. Dergview then piled forward in search of an equaliser and got stung with a fifth goal right at the death.
The performance flagged up positives and negatives for the new management team but Sproule admitted that it was nothing he wasn’t already aware of.
“The team is a little fragile at the minute and we need to develop a mental toughness,” he said.
“We are conceding some soft goals and making some poor decisions.
“That said whatever I saw on Saturday is nothing that I didn’t know already. It’s going to be long process, it’s going to require hard work, a lot of listening and taking on board the game plan. There has to be an understanding how the team plays.
“At the same time there were also plenty of positives, we worked a couple of very good goals. The players showed fight and effort and that can’t be faulted but sometimes we need to learn to be smarter.”
Last weekend second-placed Dundela were held 2-2 by fellow strugglers Limavady United. Dergview are currently 10th. Today’s game kicks-off at 3pm.