Aaron Callaghan has confirmed his resignation as manager of the League of Ireland club.
The former Bohemians and UCD boss confirmed the news to our Off The Ball League of Ireland podcast.
In a statement via Whatsapp to Jamie Moore, Callaghan said: "Changing a football club's culture is one of the most difficult leadership challenges a manager incurs. That's because the club's culture comprises of interlocking sets of goals, roles, processes, values, communications practices, attitudes and behaviours. To raise the bar in any industry you need to set professional standards and evolve with the competition. Somehow this message never landed. The players and staff have my upmost respect and I wish them every success. The last straw was on Monday night when there was no physio and no warm up gear."
After nine games of the season, Athlone sit rock bottom of the First Division with just one point from a possible 27 and eight short of second from bottom Wexford FC.