THE 'dream team' will continue in charge of the Drogheda United team in 2013 after the club confirmed this week that assistant manager Robbie Horgan had signed a new one-year deal with the Boynesiders.
Mick Cooke and his right-hand man have transformed the Drogs from relegation candidates to title contenders and EA Sports Cup winners since taking charge in February 2011, and yesterday (Tuesday) Horgan expressed the wish that he might one day take the lead role at Hunky Dorys Park.
'It's a testament to the season we've just had that there was kind of talk [about going to another club], but it's been very good for me up there in Drogheda and that's where I want to stay.
'We'll have different expectations compared to last season, but it's a challenge I would welcome.
'It's like a marriage between me and Mick. We're at opposite ends of the scale with regard to how we look at things and that's why it works.
'Every decision that is made, we talk about and debate, and sometimes Mick is right!
'The buck stops with him, but eventually I want to be my own man.'
Winger Jason Marks became the latest member of last season's squad to resign for 2013 last Saturday, but Sean Brennan, Tiarnan Mulvenna, Johnny Breen, John Sullivan and Shane Finegan have all been released, with Sean subsequently signing for Shelbourne. His elder brother Killian, who was with Shamrock Rovers last season, has signed for St Patrick's Athletic.
The other Brennan siblings, Gavin and Ryan, remain at Hunky Dorys Park for the time being, although there is a chance that Sheffield Wednesday might make a move for Ryan after he had a successful trial with them two weeks ago.
'The trial went very well and he scored in the game he played in, so it's a case of ' watch this space', said Horgan. ' A lot of guys go over on trials like that and we have to see if anything develops.
'Ryan is a big part of our squad, but we would not stand in anybody's way if they were offered a deal [in England]. Because of his age I think compensation would have to be paid.'
Meanwhile, Gary Twigg - so often a thorn in the side of Drogheda teams in recent years when playing for Shamrock Rovers - is set for an early return to the Boyneside after Cooke's men were drawn against the Scot's new club Portadown in the Setanta Sports Cup.
The first leg of the first-round tie will be at Hunky Dorys Park on Monday February 11th, with the second leg at Shamrock Park seven days later unless Ports are involved in an Irish Cup replay on that date.