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The former Shamrock Rovers and Derry City manager knows that the task that awaits him at Oriel Park is a testing one but he is confident that he will give his all

Newly-appointed Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has acknowledged that his task as manager of the Lilywhites is a 'difficult' one but assures the fans that he will 'give it absolutely everything'.

Speaking to DFC TV following his official unveiling as manager, the former Shamrock Rovers and Derry City manager was positive about the job that awaits him.

"I know it's a difficult job, I understand that," he said. "It was a struggle to stay in the league last season, right up to the last game (the relegation playoff) against Waterford. I know there are obstacles for Dundalk Football Club, but I do think there is a passionate support.

"It's a football town and it's strong at schoolboy level and junior level. We have to make sure that Dundalk Football Club is relevant locally and that people want to come here (Oriel Park) and support the team.

The 41-year-old began his managerial career with Longford Town before moving to Bohemians, where he won the League of Ireland Premier Division, and said that he had not agreed to join Dundalk in order to 'go through the motions'.

He said: "We're starting from scratch really, it's a blank canvas and we've got to build it up brick by brick, to build a team that can do well.

"I haven't come here to go through the motions and be mediocre. I'm moving to the town and I'll give absolutely everything to make this club a success."

However, Kenny admits that it will be a testing endeavour, one that will require new players and a sense of 'work ethic' in order to be a success.

"We've obviously got to promote younger players from the youth set up," he said. "But we've also got to bring better players into the squad as well and we've got to have a work ethic and a desire to improve.

"(Last season) is history now. There's a new board in, new chairman and I'm the new manager. It's my job to build a team here now," he said.

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