Drogheda on the hunt for new manager after McDonnell departure
Drogheda United have announced the departure of manager Johnny McDonnell by mutual consent after the Louth club got dragged into the battle to avoid relegation.
Friday's defeat to resurgent bottom side Limerick means that the Boynesiders have dropped to 11th, just four clear of the team which thrashed them 4-1 at United Park.
That humbling loss brought Drogheda's run without a league win to eight games, with two draws and six defeats putting them in deep trouble.
A statement from Drogheda said: "The club would like to thank Johnny for his hard work and dedication during his eight months in charge and wish him all the best in the future."
They have not clarified the position of his assistants Mark Kinsella and Pete Mahon.
McDonnell's departure will come as a surprise to new recruit Keith Treacy who was thrown in for a debut against Limerick.
His wife Leanne is a niece of McDonnell and the six times Ireland international said that the family connection was a factor in his switch to Drogheda.