McGettigan urges patience as Harps’ woes continue

A former Finn Harps legend has this week has called on club followers to be patient and has said that he is not concerned about the team’s lowly position at the foot of the Airtricity First Division.

A former Finn Harps legend has this week has called on club followers to be patient and has said that he is not concerned about the team’s lowly position at the foot of the Airtricity First Division.

John Gerard McGettigan a former midfielder with the club and a long time favourite with Harps followers has also backed the appointment of Derry pair Felix Healy and Peter Hutton as director of football and manager respectively.

He believes they have the experience and football craft to lift the teams fortunes but he insists it is going to take time and it will not happen overnight.

“I was delighted to hear that Felix (Healy) and Peter Hutton were appointed. They are a vastly experienced pair and are good football men and know the game inside out and have good contacts in the game,” John Gerard told the Democrat.

“They know the scene, they know Harps, they have come in and they know what they have to do and what is going to take and it is now a matter of giving them the time to do it.

“I watched Harps against Longford earlier in the season. I was impressed with Longford, but they are a good side and up near the top of the table. They out played Harps in the first half, but Harps did improve in the second half and put in a much better performance.

“They are very young and are all good footballers, but just seemed to lack that bit of experience required for the First Division. In my opinion one or two experienced players, in the mould of Peter Hutton, himself, Gavin Dykes or Declan Boyle would make a big difference and is probably all that is need to turn things around.

“Felix and Peter have the contacts and the influence to find such players and when they do I am confident Harps will move up the table again. It is just a matter of everybody being patient and giving the management the time and space to turn things around and restore confidence. I’m not too concerned with their current position and I’m confident that Harps will be well up the table by the end of the season.”

Harps are currently sitting on the bottom of the Airtricity First Division with three points ten games and are two points adrift of Salthill Devons who are on five points.

And for the second week in a row they are away from home when they play Limerick on Friday night at Jackman Park.

Their next home game is next Wednesday night when they host Athlone Town, in Finn Park.