Ian Morris is on the way out of Shelbourne despite leading the club to promotion from the First Division. The club are set to go in a different direction for next season and it’s believed discussions over the weekend came around to the conclusion that the 34-year-old will not be in charge next term. A Shels statement said Morris had decided to leave, but it's understood the situation was not that straightforward.
Morris was named Shels boss ahead of the 2019 season and secured promotion at the first attempt but 2020 ended in bitter disappointment with relegation via a playoff with Longford. Shels opted to keep faith with their man so they could immediately bounce back and that mission was achieved with a degree of comfort. However, they will now begin a hunt for a new boss with Sporting and Technical Director Alan Caffrey now an influential figure in all aspects of strategy. In a club statement, chairman Andrew Doyle said:
"Ian Morris is and will always be a Shelbourne Legend. His record as manager speaks for itself. From a standing start three years ago, with no prior management experience, Ian has won two titles in three seasons and has had an extraordinary win record of 67 per cent in all competitive matches.
“Ian’s professionalism, people skills, commitment, work ethic and integrity are of the highest calibre. Ian will always be welcome back at Tolka Park. I know I speak for everyone at the club when I wish Ian the very best in the future and continued success in the game (except of course against us!)
“Our final game of the season at Tolka Park this Friday (v UCD) is the ideal opportunity for us all to express our appreciation to Ian and celebrate his achievements, and that is what we will do."
Morris said: It is with a heavy heart but the time has come for the club and myself to part ways. At the end of the season I’ll be stepping down as First Team Manager.
“I would like to thank Andrew Doyle, Joe Casey, Dave O’Connor and the board of directors for the opportunity to manage this fantastic club. The hard work and effort of the volunteers at the club is absolutely mind blowing, and the club would not function without you.”