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Former Ireland midfielder takes charge of Drogheda United

Johnny McDonnell has left the club by mutual consent.

Kinsella represented Ireland at the 2002 World Cup.
Kinsella represented Ireland at the 2002 World Cup.
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Updated at 17.45

DROGHEDA UNITED TODAY confirmed that manager Johnny McDonnell has left the club by mutual consent.

The news comes on the back of Drogs’ 4-1 defeat at the hands of Limerick on Friday night, a result that narrows the gap between the pair at the foot of the table to just four points.

Former Ireland midfielder Mark Kinsella, who had been McDonnell’s assistant, will take charge of the team for this Saturday’s trip to the Brandywell to face Derry City, while Pete Mahon has also left the clubn.

In a statement issued this afternoon, the club said:

“Drogheda United can confirm that Johnny McDonnell has today departed the club by mutual consent.

The club would like to thank Johnny for his hard work and dedication during his eight months in charge and wish him all the best in the future.

“A further statement will be released in the near future.”

McDonnell only took the reigns at Drogheda in November 2014 after a year in charge of Shelbourne.

The 50-year previously served as assistant to Brian Kerr during his time as boss of the Faroe Islands.

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