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Mathews quits as Drogheda manager

ALAN Mathews has quit as manager of Premier Division strugglers Drogheda United as he says he cannot take the team any further.

Morale was low at Drogheda following Saturday's 6-0 defeat away to Sligo Rovers, United's biggest defeat in some time, and Drogheda are second from bottom in the league table with only seven points from 14 games, just three points ahead of a Bray Wanderers side who have two games in hand, and those two clubs meet in a league game in Bray on Friday.

"Unfortunately results have not been good enough and I feel that I have gone as far as I can with this group of players," said Mathews after announcing his decision to quit.

"By going now it will allow the club to get someone new in with enough time to hopefully turn things around. I would like to thank the board and the players for their efforts this season.

"In particular I would like to give special acknowledgment to the club's terrific supporters who played no small part in keeping the team in the premier division last season and who have stood by the team this season despite some unacceptable performances."

Mathews joined Drogheda last season after a spell with Cork City but had difficulties even before the current season began, with the Dubliner almost forced to walk away when his initial playing budget was slashed by the board in a cost-cutting measure.