Sunday 22 April 2018

Possible players on the Managerial mery-go-round

Declan Devine
Declan Devine
Stuart Ashton
Roddy Collins
Martin Russell, the UCD manager, is also in the frame to fill the vacancy,
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Derry City: LOOKING for a manager after parting company with Declan Devine and are sure to receive plenty of interest, with Mick Cooke acknowledging that he'd fancy a crack at it.

LOOKING for a manager after parting company with Declan Devine and are sure to receive plenty of interest, with Mick Cooke acknowledging that he'd fancy a crack at it.

Roddy Collins is a leading contender and has received contact from a third party to see if he would be keen, but the club haven't approached him directly.

Kenny Shiels, the ex-Kilmarnock boss, is another possibility.

CORK CITY

They showed Thomas Dunne the door during the summer, and interim manager Stuart Ashton – a long term servant to the club – impressed in his caretaker stint but had to step aside for the final weeks because he doesn't have a Pro Licence.

Ashton would have his supporters, but the club is also exploring the market to see who is available. This is another position that Cooke likes, but he says there has been no contact.

ATHLONE TOWN

They were led to promotion by Collins but he is yet to commit to the club for 2014 and that's why he is free to speak to others.

The Dubliner is waiting for the Midlanders to indicate what structures and finances they can put in place for next term, and that will determine his intentions.

The crowds flocked back to support the club in the final weeks of the First Division charge so there is potential that would ensure a healthy number of applications if Collins moved on.

UCD

A strange situation as Martin Russell has performed wonders to keep the Students in the top flight again.

However, he doesn't have a great relationship with certain members of the club's hierarchy and that could lead to him moving on.

Russell, who is well regarded in League of Ireland circles as well as in the FAI, would come into contention for all available positions in that event.

DROGHEDA UNITED

With Cooke on the way out, they're searching for a fresh face. Russell could be one option and Robbie Horgan, who came in as assistant to the current boss, is another contender. The cup final will have an impact on the attractiveness of the job, with European qualification up for grabs.

THE OTHERS

JOHNNY McDONNELL is unlikely to stay in charge at Shelbourne if they decide to revert to an all-amateur set-up for life in the First Division, while Bohemians will be reviewing their back-room team, having only just avoided the relegation/promotion play-off.

Irish Independent

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