Friday 24 January 2020

Mathews quits Drogheda after 'unacceptable' results

Neil Ahern

ALAN MATHEWS last night resigned as manager of Drogheda United after an awful start to the season which has seen them pick up just one win in 14 games.

The Boynesiders sit second from bottom of the Premier Division and have conceded 33 goals, a record matched only by Salthill Devon

"Unfortunately results have not been good enough and I feel that I have gone as far as I can with this group of players," said Mathews in a statement last night.

"By going now it will allow the club to get someone new in with enough time to hopefully turn things around.

"I would like to give special acknowledgment to the club's terrific supporters who played no small part in keeping the team in the Premier Division last season and who have stood by the team this season despite some unacceptable performances."

Mathews had expressed some discontent prior to the season when his original budget for 2010 was cut and he lost the services of Conor Kenna and Ross Gaynor, who are now starring for St Patrick's Athletic and Dundalk respectively.

The Dubliner, who won the FAI Cup twice and the League of Ireland Cup with Longford Town as well as the Setanta Cup with Cork City, had also recently returned to his full-time job at Ulster Bank, having taken a hiatus to concentrate on full-time management on Leeside in 2008.

Drogheda, meanwhile, were one of the few clubs drawn in an all-Premier Division clash in the FAI Ford Cup third round as they face UCD, with Dundalk's home clash against St Pat's the pick of the round.

Leinster Senior League club Glenville FC landed a dream tie as they host Bohemians.

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