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Friday 22 September 2017

Heary to take reins after Bohemians sack Callaghan

Aaron Callaghan who has been replaced by Owen Heary as Gypsies manager
Aaron Callaghan who has been replaced by Owen Heary as Gypsies manager

Ruaidhri O'Connor and Garry Doyle

BOHEMIANS have sacked manager Aaron Callaghan in a bid to save the club from relegation.

Assistant manager Owen Heary will take charge of the Gypsies on Friday for their crucial clash with fellow strugglers Bray Wanderers.

The decision was made after a meeting between Callaghan and the board of directors last night.

Bohs are 11 games without a win and have fallen to second from bottom, one point clear of Shelbourne with 13 games to go.

The Dubliner took over the Phibsboro club at the start of last season after they nearly went to the wall the previous winter. He put together a young team at short notice and kept them in the division in his first year.

But this season has seen unrest around Dalymount, apparent since a key defeat to Shels, who recently parted company with Alan Mathews.

Bohs president Matt Devaney last night thanked Callaghan for his work, but said that change was urgently needed. "The club has reached this stage with much regret," he said. "Aaron has made a great contribution in his 18 months with us but following a run of disappointing results it was clear some change was needed."

Heary is due to retire from playing at the end of this season but his task now is to keep the club, who have never been relegated, in the division.

Meanwhile, Bray Wanderers boss Pat Devlin insists his side will not have an inferiority complex when they meet league leaders St Pat's in the Ford FAI Cup.

Despite the fact that 24 points separate these two teams in the table, Devlin said: "All I wanted was to get home advantage because when you are on your own patch, there is no such thing as a hard tie," said Devlin. "In my eyes, this is a great draw."

FAI Ford Cup 3rd Round draw

Bray Wanderers v St Patrick's Athletic

Bluebell United v Derry City

Finn Harps v Cobh Ramblers

Longford Town v Drogheda United

Dundalk v Limerick

Shelbourne v College Corinthians

Sligo Rovers v Cork City or Kilbarrack United Shamrock Rovers v Sheriff YC

* Ties are to be played on the weekend ending August 25

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