Cooke gets shot at top flight with Drogheda
Experienced League of Ireland boss Mick Cooke will manage in the Premier Division this season after all, with the Dubliner leaving Monaghan United to take the reins at Drogheda over the weekend, writes Daniel McDonnell.
Cooke suffered heartbreak when Monaghan lost November's relegation/promotion play-off to Bray Wanderers on penalties, and he was denied again when Galway United were initially refused a Premier licence, which opened the top-flight door to the Ulstermen -- when Galway were successful on appeal, however, the Mons were resigned to another campaign in the First Division.
However, events at United Park offered Cooke a window, with Drogheda securing a reprieve following the collapse of Sporting Fingal.
They parted company with manager Bobby Browne on Saturday, less than a week before the start of the new season.
Browne had previously been preparing to field an amateur team in the First Division, but the change of circumstances meant he had to change tack and bring in some semi-pros.
Yet his departure allowed the authorities at the Louth club to pursue Cooke, a former player there in the 1970s. He will be assisted by Robbie Horgan.