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Roddy Collins returns to Athlone Town to take over as manager


Former Waterford United manager Roddy Collins. Photo: Sportsfile

Former Waterford United manager Roddy Collins. Photo: Sportsfile

Former Waterford United manager Roddy Collins. Photo: Sportsfile

Roddy Collins is back as manager of Athlone Town for a second spell while the club have promised to "deal with" issues which have hounded the club in the last month, once an FAI investigation is complete.

The midlands club confirmed that the 55-year-old, who led Athlone to promotion in 2013, would return as first team boss, though caretaker Ricardo Cravo will be in charge for Friday's game away to Shelbourne.

"The board of Athlone Town AFC would like to welcome back Roddy Collins as the club's first team manager. Roddy will be in charge for the remainder of the 2017 First Division season," the club said in a statement on Thursday night.

"Roddy's appointment comes following what has been a tumultuous time for the club. The board anxiously awaits the outcome of the FAI's investigation into allegations Athlone Town AFC may have been involved in match fixing."

The club added: "At this stage in the process the club can only repeat its call that parallel investigations into the claims be commenced by the Gardaí, Interpol/Europol and UEFA itself and that Athlone Town AFC is, and has always been, totally opposed to match-fixing.

"The board and management committee wishes to thank the many people who have both publicly and privately supported the club during this difficult period.

"The board notes what has been published about the club, individual Athlone Town AFC players, coaches and officials in the media and on other forums.

"The club will deal with many of these issues and the questions raised as soon as the investigatory process has been completed and when we are in full possession of all the relevant facts and information concerning these allegations.

"The board is very much aware of the long term reputational damage the club has sustained since the allegations were put in the public domain.

"The board would like to remind everybody that as things currently stand no finding of wrongdoing has been made against anyone involved or associated with the club."

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