FORMER INSTITUTE manager, Paul Kee has urged the club to be patient and give his successor, Kevin Deery plenty of time to drive the club forward.
Kee, who was sacked by the Drumahoe club following the relegation from the Irish Premiership last season, believes Deery faces a ‘tough task’ as he attempts to secure a swift return to the top flight next season.
And Kee, who had refused to resign at the request of the club Committee at the end of the 2014/15 campaign before being let go following his latest four year tenure, wished Deery every success in his new role.
However, he insists the powers that be at the club need to fully support their new team boss if he’s to build a team capable of challenging for promotion.
“It’s a tough task for Kevin and he needs help,” said Kee. “He needs everyone out there to muck in behind him and that’s what sometimes doesn’t happen at Institute.
“You have people who are butchers, bakers, candlestick-makers who think they know best, but he needs full support from the Committee.
“In fairness there has been a new Committee come in and they are fairly productive,” added the Drumahoe man. “People like Bill Anderson and Andrew Russell will drive it as best they can on limited resources.
“They know they have to support Kevin as much as they can because it is a difficult job and he has to rebuild now as well and that takes time.
“I think there has been something like 10 or 12 players who have left since the end of the season. So people will have to show a bit of patience, because in football now, people want results.
“It takes time to develop, particularly when you have no money - a situation Kevin will find himself in.”
They know they have to support Kevin as much as they can because it is a difficult job and he has to rebuild now as well and that takes time.Paul Kee
Despite leaving the club Kee, who has put his full focus on Maiden City Academy and the development of young players since cutting ties with Institute, claims he has no hard feelings about how things ended.
“I have a good relationship with a lot of people at the club and I have a lot of faith in the club,” he continued. “They’ve tried to do the right things over the years with limited resources and it’s going to be tough for Kevin Deery.
“They don’t need someone coming out shouting at them and I thought it was best for both parties to part in good terms and that’s what we did.
“I needed the break because myself and the staff, John Cunningham, Brian Donaghy, Kevin McKinney, Mervyn Kirkwood, Billy Carlin - we all tried our best and put our backs into it but just couldn’t do it. It was a good learning experience for us.”
Crown boost for Deery
Meanwhile, ‘Stute boss, Deery is continuing to finalise his squad for the upcoming 2015/16 Irish Championship One season.
And he received a major boost this week with the news that defender, Graham Crown has decided to commit his immediate future to the club, despite interest from Ballinamallard United and Bangor.
“I was chatting to both Ballinamallard and Bangor but after taking a lot of things into consideration before making the decision over the weekend, I decided to stay at Stute,” revealed Crown.
“I have been at ‘Stute for six seasons now and I want to keep that loyalty with them and I’m already looking forward to the season starting.
“Every player will have a fresh start now under the new manager, but I feel we need to build from last year.”