Bohemians have today announced their successor to Owen Heary in the form of Keith Long, formerly of Athlone Town. Long joins up with Bohs on the back of an uphill struggle to keep Athlone in the league, which ultimately ended in relegation.
Long was appointed manager of Athlone following 10 straight defeats at the beginning of the season under Mick Cooke. The 40-year-old came in and steadied the ship somewhat with Athlone managing to pick up four wins and ten draws to keep them in contention for the promotion/relegation play-off on the final day. Unfortunately for Athlone it wasn’t to be with UCD winning to put Athlone into the First Division.
One of Bohs’ most loved players and short-term managers Owen Heary is now beginning a new challenge at Sligo Rovers but he has given Keith Long something to work with. He has passed on a squad who made life difficult for the majority of teams they faced last term, ending the season in seventh place, just a point off Limerick and three off his new team Sligo Rovers in fifth.
Bohs also made it to the latter stages of both cup competitions which is a positive sign as Long enters the job at Dalymount.
Discussing his appointment on Bohemian’s official website, Long had this to say:
“I am delighted to be taking over as manager of Bohemian FC and I am very much looking forward to working at this great football club.
“Preparations for next season will begin immediately and we will endeavour to build on the progress made this year.”
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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