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Foster insisting Utd walk out is no big Dun deal.

Byline: MICHAEL SCULLY

DUNDALK's new manager Ian Foster insists he has done nothing wrong in leaving Galway Utd for the Lilywhites.

Galway chiefs have insisted they are going to pursue the matter after permission was not granted to Foster to speak to Dundalk as he had a year left on his contract at Terryland Park.

However the Liverpudlian, who was unveiled as Sean Connor's successor on Friday, believes he was within his rights to take the Dundalk job.

"The situation is I've acted professionally," he said. "I was well within my rights to speak to Dundalk, and I was well within my rights to accept the position," he said.

"Galway haven't got a leg to stand on with regard to looking for compensation. I expected that to be the line they'd go ahead with - they're disappointed that I've left."

Foster's first task is to meet the players he has inherited to discuss their futures. The club is reducing it's budget because of a EUR200,000 deficit from last term.

"Lads are going to have to take reduced contracts," said Foster. "One or two might not be happy to do that, and if they're not then unfortunately they'll have to move on.

"If players are, and they're looking to how we want to do things and how we want to play, and how I like to work - if they're for that and they want to play and do well for Dundalk, then I'm sure that we can negotiate contracts."

Dundalk have handed Foster a two-year contract after Paul Doolin, who left the Cork City hot-seat last week, and John Deehan were linked to the post Connor (inset) vacated.

CEO Gerry Matthews says the club will wait until the FAI's salary protocol for next season is finalised.

The EUR200,000 deficit is largely because of a downturn in sponsorship.

"We have secured a loan for the half of that," said Denning.

"We will deal with certain creditors over a long-term period, which will give us a bit of flexibility on maybe the half of that. That leaves a balance of maybe EUR50,000 - we're hoping we've actually got some of that in already with some of the fundraising events that we've had over the last few weeks.

"We're hoping to strengthen our fundraising and increase our fundraising events in the New Year.

"We feel that the club is on a very good footing. We've had four years, three of them we broke even. The year we've lost EUR200,000 is an unprecedented year, not just for football."
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Date:Dec 7, 2009
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