As our 2019/20 Irish League club profile series rolls on, we have a look at the prospects of Institute this season. Without the star man of last season. there could be worrying signs ahead for Institute this year.
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Dispite mixed results in the first half of the campaign, Institute garnered interest from across the country through their playing style. A phenomenal 13-pass move, finished by striker Michael McCrudden, was awarded the December goal of the month by the BBC. The form of danger man McCrudden was a sight to behold at the Brandywell – the striker notched up 19 goals in just 13 games. February proved a damaging month for the club however as Derry City and Cliftonville swooped for McCrudden and manager Paddy McLoughlin respectively. Institute would secure just three more wins after their departure.
Cliftonville boss Paddy McLoughlin has carried out much of his summer shopping at his old club: highly rated midfielders Ronan Doherty and Ronan Wilson have both left Institute for Solitude this summer. In response, institute have done well to secure midfielder Niall Grace’s return to the club following a season-long spell at Glenavon, while boss John Quigg has given a chance to forward Brendan McLoughlin, a striker signed from Ulster Senior League Champions Cockhill Celtic.
Despite only entering his first full season in charge of Institute, John Quigg is well versed in the inner-workings of the club. The manager spent the better part of a decade at Institute both as a player and a coach. Although this is the 52-year-old’s first steps into senior management, he brings a wealth of experience from his previous experience with Institute and his time with Derry City’s youth academy. Upon securing the top job at Institute, Quigg made clear his commitment to youth and his local areas in promoting players throughout the club. A tough season may be ahead for Institute, but Quigg looks set to continue with these values and principles throughout.
There may be trouble ahead for Institue. While they achieved a highly commendable 8th place finish last season, the loss of Michael McCrudden (who was responsible for nearly 40% of Institute’s goals throughout the campaign) may prove to be too damaging for Institute to survive in the top division beyond this season. Quigg will be targeting 10th place or higher this season – it may prove out of Institute’s grasp.
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