Sunday 23 October 2016

Drogheda United announce Pete Mahon as new manager

Published 10/11/2015 | 19:34

Pete Mahon
Pete Mahon

Drogheda United have announced that the experienced Pete Mahon will take over as manager of the club with Mark Kinsella to remain as a member of the first team coaching staff.

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Mahon, who has over 30 years coaching experience in domestic football, will take over at the club that finds itself outside the Premier Division for the first time in more than a decade and will be joined at United Park by John Gill.

“I’m very happy to be taking on this challenge at a great club like Drogheda United,” he said. “Our main aim will be to get Drogheda back to where they belong and that’s playing Premier Division football. This past season has been very disappointing but I want us to create a buzz around United Park once again.

“At this stage of my career, I’m not taking a job on for the money but for the passion for the game. I enjoyed my time at Drogheda last season having worked closely with all of the staff and Fiachra Kierans and Dermot McKenna were vital in my decision to take on the role.”

“I see myself taking the job as like a new broom, we need to sweep away the cobwebs of the past and start afresh. it’s not going to be an easy task as the First Division looks its most competitive in years with big clubs like ourselves and Limerick going down.

“I’ve had challenges similar to this in the past with UCD and St Pat’s and thankfully I’ve been successful. It’s obviously going to be a difficult league to win but show me one that isn’t? It’s an eight team league and each side will have aspirations of promotion and we need to make sure we won’t be disappointed again this time next year.”

Speaking on the appointment, Drogheda United chairman Fiachra Kierans said that it was Mahon’s experience and hunger for the role that made him the obvious choice.

“He’s a very experienced manager who has been there and done it,” Kierans said today.

“Appointing Pete also offers us the chance at some stability which I believe that the club has been longing for and he has a tremendous reputation in Irish football.

“Himself and John Gill have forged a successful partnership in the past and I’m confident that along with Mark Kinsella’s assistance, we have an excellent coaching team in place.”

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