Drogheda United have today announced that Pete Mahon has been appointed the new manager of the Louth side, who were relegated to the First Division on the last day of the season.
He will be joined by John Gill, who will serve as assistant manager and Mark Kinsella who stays on at the club as a first team coach.
Mahon was assistant manager to Johnny McDonnell for the majority of last season but when McDonnell stepped down as manager, Mahon, out of loyalty, also left the club.
However, that wasn’t to be the end of his story with the Boynesiders for the 2015 season as he rejoined the club as first team manager for the final game of the season, away to Shamrock Rovers in a game that, coupled with Limerick winning in Sligo, relegated Drogheda.
Speaking to club website, Mahon stated that his main aim is to get a buzz back around United Park and to get Drogheda back to the Premier Division,
“I’m very happy to be taking on this challenge at a great club like Drogheda United. Our main aim will be to get Drogheda back to where they belong and that’s playing Premier Division football. This past season has been very disappointing but I want us to create a buzz around United Park once again.”
The former UCD and St. Patrick’s Athletic manager says that he is not taking this job for money but the passion he has for the game and there were some key people involved that were vital to him taking on the role.
“At this stage of my career, I’m not taking a job on for the money but for the passion for the game. I enjoyed my time at Drogheda last season having worked closely with all of the staff and Fiachra Kierans and Dermot McKenna were vital in my decision to take on the role.”
Mahon is no stranger to this type of task, having undertaken a similar challenge at UCD, where he achieved promotion in 2004.
“I’ve had challenges similar to this in the past with UCD and St Pat’s and thankfully I’ve been successful. It’s obviously going to be a difficult league to win but show me one that isn’t? It’s an eight team league and each side will have aspirations of promotion and we need to make sure we won’t be disappointed again this time next year.”
The Dubliner now has to start building the squad that he hopes will be capable of challenging for promotion. Mahon has no complaints with players who were at the club last season, who have said they won’t drop to play First Division football.
“Whether the players from last season stay on next year is largely up to them. We’ve had a couple join Bray Wanderers already (Mick Daly & Alan Byrne) and there are a number that have made it clear that they won’t play First Division football next season and that’s absolutely fine with me.”
Also speaking to the club website was Drogheda United chairman Fiachra Kierans who believes the club have appointed an excellent coaching team,
“He’s a very experienced manager who has been there and done it. Appointing Pete also offers us the chance at some stability which I believe that the club has been longing for and he has a tremendous reputation in Irish football.”
“Himself and John Gill have forged a successful partnership in the past and I’m confident that along with Mark Kinsella’s assistance, we have an excellent coaching team in place.”
Gerard Grimes, Pundit Arena.