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Monday 16 September 2019

UCD and Collie O'Neill part company

UCD and Collie O'Neill have parted company
UCD and Collie O'Neill have parted company

Aidan Fitzmaurice

UCD have parted ways with manager Collie O'Neill just days after a record defeat for the club.

O'Neill had been at the helm at the UCD Bowl since 2015, overseeing the Students' successful Europa League campaign and then promotion to the Premier Division for the 2019 season.

UCD had been in a battle with Finn Harps for most of the season to avoid the automatic relegation spot but the Students have struggled of late, having lost key players like Gary O'Neill, Neil Farrugia and Conor Davis in mid-season. A 5-2 win over Letterkenny Rovers in the FAI Cup offered some respite but Friday's 10-1 loss to Bohemians was O'Neill's final game in charge.

"UCD AFC can tonight confirm that we have parted company with our First Team manager Collie O’Neill with immediate effect," said a statement issued on Monday night.

"We would like to thank Collie for his hard work and contribution to the club since joining the club as first team coach in 2011 before taking over as our first team manager ahead of the 2015 season, with the highlights being our 2015 Europa League campaign, and of course last season’s First Division title winning campaign. We would like to wish Collie the best of luck and success in the future. The club will be making no further comment at this stage and is currently reviewing its managerial options."

UCD are in action in the FAI Cup on Friday, at home to St Patrick's Athletic.

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