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CITY BOSS COULD BE THE MAN TO GET THE JOB DUN.

Byline: PAUL O'HEHIR

STEPHEN Kenny and Joe Miller have been installed as the bookmakers favourites to land the vacant Dundalk job.

Belfast man Sean Connor left the Oriel Parl club over the weekend after just one season in charge.

He steered the promoted club to fifth position - elevated to fourth following Derry City's demise - but disciplinary issues marred his time in charge.

Dundalk had an incredible 19 players sent off this season while Connor also received his marching orders from the dugout.

He is also understood to be disappointed at the level of budget cuts ahead of next season, having already seen pay-cuts imposed this year.

And last week, there was also a dispute at the club involving player contracts. But League director Fran Gavin believes there are no irregularities.

"The only thing I've been aware of with regard to Dundalk is that the PFAI issued a statement that there was no problems with Dundalk," he said.

Derry City boss Kenny is now seen as many people's favourite for the Dundalk job, but said recently he would stay with the Foylesiders despite their off-field problems.

But his position is now unclear following the FAI's weekend decision to terminate the club's League of Ireland contract following perceived player-contract irregularities.

Ex-Celtic star Miller is back in Scotland having quit as Dundalk's assistant manager earlier in the year.

However, he remains popular with the players and is known to be keen for a return to management.

Galway United's Ian Foster could also be a contender after admitting he will consider his position if the Terryland Park slash budgets even further. And Drogheda manager Alan Mathews and Cork gaffer Paul Doolin are two others who have been speculated on as potential candidates.

Of his Dundalk departure, Connor said: "I would like to have been able to build on the foundation stones that were laid here but believe that it is in the best interests of both parties to part on an amicable basis.

"Dundalk is a club with a fervent support base and has enormous potential. As with my previous clubs, I am content that I leave the club in a stronger position then when I joined.

"I want to thank all the players, the staff and the supporters for their commitment and tenacity over the course of the season."

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Date:Nov 9, 2009
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