Collins shock as Athlone seek new boss
RODDY COLLINS last night said he was "shocked" after Athlone Town advertised the fact that they are looking for a new manager.
The Dubliner, who led the midlanders to the First Division title this year, has discussed his future with chairman John Hayden, but was anticipating a meeting with the board about 2014. However, Athlone have announced that they are seeking applications for the position of first-team boss.
"My contract expired on the last day of the season and I haven't had the opportunity to discuss a budget in depth and talk about how we're going to take things forward," Collins said. "I'm shocked to learn about the advertisement.
"I haven't been offered a job for next season. But I've been approached by other clubs and I'm entitled to speak to them because I'm out of contract. I've had a great time in Athlone, the players have been brilliant to me, the supporters have been brilliant to me."
Collins is a candidate for the vacant position of Derry City manager and he's believed to be a contender for the Sligo Rovers job if manager Ian Baraclough fails to agree new terms for next season.
Meanwhile, Shamrock Rovers have announced the capture of highly regarded Bohemians defender Luke Byrne on a two-year contract. He follows the lead of Simon Madden, who agreed a deal with the Hoops earlier this week after leaving Derry.
"I'm really excited to be here, I'm looking forward to playing with great players at a great stadium and under a great manager and I'm looking forward to winning things at Shamrock Rovers," said Byrne.
Cork City have confirmed that youngster Alan Browne will join Preston North End on January 1, while Limerick have agreed a new deal with Shaun Kelly.