Dundalk boss Vinny Perth hit out at former Republic of Ireland international John Sheridan for what he described as a lack of respect towards the SSE Airtricity League during the side’s 2-2 draw at Oriel Park on Friday night.
Late goals from Patrick Hoban and Daniel Cleary saw the champions cancel out earlier strikes from Matthew Smith and Kurtis Byrne but there was also real fireworks on the sidelines where the two managers exchanged words.
Afterwards Perth accused Sheridan, who was only last month appointed Waterford FC manager following Alan Reynolds’ departure to take up the assistant role at Dundalk, of lacking class.
Perth said: “He said the league is a shambles, a pub league. I don’t have time for that. I love this league. He may have one up on me, he may have one up on me for the next few weeks and may take the high ground, but you’ve got to have a bit of class about you.
“This league means too much to people like me, it’s a good league, full of quality, and that behaviour is not good enough.”
Perth said he felt he had to speak up for the league here.
“He can take the high ground and good luck to him but it’s not a pub league, not a shambles.”
Asked what the former Chesterfield and Oldham Athletic boss had said, Perth added: “’The reason you are playing at Dundalk is that you are shite’, that sort of stuff.
“That’s poor English league stuff and we have to be better than that. I will defend our league, wherever I am, as a coach here at the best club or back at Malahide United, I will defend this league to a height, but that’s not good enough and I don’t accept that.
“He thinks it’s a pub league, that was the comment and I can’t accept that on behalf of the league, not just Dundalk but the league. It’s not respectful to come out with that stuff. He was asked earlier ‘what happened between you and Vinny?; and he said ‘who?’, Vinny Perth, the Dundalk manager, who?
“I don’t expect John Sheridan to respect me but I do expect him to respect the league, I care too much about it. He came after me to say ‘what’s your problem’ and I said, I think you have disrespected our league, he went off, said ‘who are you, you’re getting the sack?’
“We have to be better and I care too much about the league,” said Perth.