Martin Russell is leaving the role of Athlone coach after eight games


MARTIN Russell is the first management casualty of the 2022 season, having given up his role at Athlone Town after just eight games of the season.

The former UCD, Limerick and Bray Wanderers boss took over from Athlone last year, succeeding Paul Doolin and he had hoped to lead a surge in promotion during that tenure.

But the season started poorly for the Midlands club, a 5-2 defeat by Waterford in the opening weekend followed by four more defeats. A draw with Bray Wanderers ended the losing streak, but 2-0 defeats by Treaty United and Longford Town followed, and Saturday’s loss to local rivals Longford was Russell’s last game.

“The board of Athlone Town AFC can confirm tonight that Martin Russell has left the role of manager of our senior men’s team,” the club said in a statement.

“Following discussions between Martin and the board members, it was mutually agreed that he should step down from the position with immediate effect. Results this season have not been what Martin and the club had hoped for. The club would like to thank Martin for his efforts and wish him every success for the future.”

Coach Dermot Lennon will take charge in the meantime as a permanent successor is sought. Martin Russell is leaving the role of Athlone coach after eight games

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