Friday 24 November 2017

Paul Coggins steps down as London manager

Paul Coggins
Paul Coggins

Paul Coggins has decided to end his five-year reign over the London footballers.

The highlight of Coggins' tenure was the summer of 2013 when they reached the Connacht final after victories over Sligo and Leitrim.

They would be beaten heavily by Mayo but went on to put in a creditable performance against Cavan in Croke Park in the qualifiers.

London were beaten by Roscommon in the Connacht championship this year before being defeated by Cavan in Round 1A of the qualifiers.

The Roscommon native released a statement after deciding to step down.

It read: “After a lot of thought and having met with the main officers it is with regret and a heavy heart I have decided not to put my name forward for the coming season for the post of London County Senior Football Manager.

"I would like to thank so many people individually but at this time I firstly want to thank the London County Committee and London clubs for giving me the huge honour for the past five years of being the County Manager and it always was a honour to be given the job.

"I have enjoyed it hugely. We gave it everything we had and I am sure that will continue in the future.

"I urge the County Committee to continue working to make our County teams as well prepared as possible as we are a competitive county and the work put in to achieve that needs to continue with the County Committee playing a key role in helping to make that happen.

"I sincerely wish to thank all the clubs in London who have backed me one hundred per cent since I became manager and while there were many walls put up in front of us with the great support I received from the clubs we kept knocking them down and will continue to do so I'm sure.

"Finally a huge thanks to my wife Ann who has backed me over the past five years and longer, she has been the main reason I was able to do what I love doing.”

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