Wednesday 21 August 2019

Mahon parts company with Drogheda United

Pete Mahon. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Pete Mahon. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

By Daniel McDonnell

Pete Mahon has stepped away from his role as manager of Drogheda United after their relegation to the First Division.

The 70-year-old endured a frustrating season with Drogheda following his notable achievement of leading them to the top flight on a tight budget.

After a strong start to the campaign, they eventually finished bottom of the Premier Division.

With funds in short supply, they face a challenge to regroup for 2018 and Mahon has decided to walk away.

"I have thought long and hard since the end of last season about what is best for all involved and I have decided not to continue as manager for the 2018 season," he said.

"There have been high and lows during my time at the club but the outstanding memory will always be the night we got promoted last year."

Drogheda's part-time status made it difficult for them to compete and midfielder Adam Wixted has left the club to sign a full-time contract with Sligo Rovers.

Meanwhile, Dundalk left-back Shane Grimes will not be signing a new deal with the Lilywhites.

The back-up defender is unable to commit to another year with his hometown club because they are changing to training during the day.

Grimes was one of the members of last year's squad who mixed football with a day job, so the new set-up means that he will move on.

Stephen Kenny has targeted Derry's Dean Jarvis as a replacement to provide competition for first-choice Dane Massey.

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