Roddy Collins has been tasked with turning things around at Athlone Town. The club have confirmed Collins as their new manager.
They are 6th in the table in the SSE Airtricity League first division - with 4 wins from 11 games
Collins guided them to promotion 3 years ago before departing for Derry City, Athlone were relegated after just one season.
Collins won’t be in the dugout for tomorrow's game with Shelbourne. He'll take charge for the Cabinteely game.
In a statement the club also addressed the ongoing match fixing investigation:
“The board anxiously awaits the outcome of the FAI’s investigation into allegations Athlone Town AFC may have been involved in match fixing.
“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.”
Enjoy this vintage clip from 'The Return of the Rod Squad' which aired on Setanta Sports and documented Collins' time as manager of Monaghan United.