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Drogheda United must find a new manager for their First Division return

Veteran boss Pete Mahon has parted company with Drogs after two seasons in charge at United Park.

Pete Mahon is leaving Drogheda United.
Pete Mahon is leaving Drogheda United.
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Updated Nov 20th 2017, 5:00 PM

THERE WILL BE a new manager at the helm for Drogheda United when they return to the SSE Airtricity League First Division in 2018.

The club confirmed this evening that Pete Mahon has resigned from his position after two seasons in charge. The news was first reported this morning by LMFM Radio.

The 2007 Premier Division champions were relegated from the top flight this season after finishing bottom of the table.

“I really enjoyed my time with Drogheda United ever since I arrived at the club,” Mahon said in a statement on the club’s website. “There have been high and lows during that time but the outstanding memory will always be the night we got promoted last year.

“I have thought long and hard since the end of last season about what is best for all involved and I have decided not to continue as manager for the 2018 season.

“I wish the club the very best in the future and I would like to thank the many people who have supported me during my time with Drogheda United, including my backroom staff.”

Having been promoted last year via the play-offs, Drogheda made a promising start to their 2017 campaign, picking up wins over Galway United and St Patrick’s Athletic in their opening two games.

However, the Louth side took just three more victories from their remaining 31 fixtures and their relegation was confirmed with four games to spare.

Pete Mahon took over as manager of Drogheda after they were relegated from the Premier Division at the end of the 2015 season.

The 70-year-old former UCD and St Patrick’s Athletic boss succeeded in guiding the United Park outfit back to the top tier at the first time of asking, but they were unable to maintain their Premier Division status in their first season since returning.

Mahon was assisted this season by ex-Dundalk manager John Gill and former Republic of Ireland international midfielder Mark Kinsella, who served as first team coach.

Drogheda United Football Club have expressed their gratitude to Mahon, adding that the process of appointing a new manager will begin in the coming days.

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