Sunday 18 February 2018

Athlone Town part company with Ricardo Monsanto after 42 days and get his name wrong in statement

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Athlone Town have announced that they have parted company with manager Ricardo Monsanto.

The decision was made public just hours before Athlone take on Wexford FC at Lissywollen.

There was an error in the club statement released this afternoon, when the club referred to the Portuguese as 'Roberto'.

A statement from Athlone today read: "The board of Athlone Town AFC can today confirm that Ricardo Monsanto has stepped down as the club's first team manager.

"The decision was arrived at following discussions between the club's board and Roberto, where recent on-field performances and results were discussed.

"Following those talks  it was mutually agreed by both parties that Ricardo's tenure as first team manager come to an end.

"Unfortunately recent results have not been as Ricardo and the club had hoped for.

"Everyone involved with Athlone Town AFC would like to place on the record its thanks to Ricardo for the hard work and dedication he has put into his coaching duties with the first team since the start of the season.

"The club would also like to wish Ricardo every success in the future.

"First team coach Ricardo Cravos will take charge of tonight's first team game against Wexford FC. 

"The club has started a process to recruit a new manager.

"It is the club's intention that an announcement concerning the appointment of a new manager will be made in the coming days."

Athlone are second from bottom in the Airtricity League First Division on seven points after eight games.

Monsanto has only been in the job for 42 days.

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