Pete Mahon will be announced as Drogheda United manager for the 2016 season sometime this week, with Mark Kinsella as his assistant, according to the print edition of the Drogheda Independent.
Drogheda United chairman Fiachra Kierans was speaking to the paper on Tuesday morning and all but confirmed that the appointment will happen, as he spoke about how Mahon and Kinsella will help the club next season.
Mahon was originally brought in last season as Johnny McDonnell’s assistant but left the club when McDonnell stepped down as manager. However, he then rejoined the club as first team manager for the final game of the season, a 5-3 defeat to Shamrock Rovers, which ultimately relegated Drogheda to the First Division.
This was due to Mark Kinsella’s license as caretaker manager ending the day before the season ended.
The pair are now both keen to stay with the club as they hope to get out of the First Division at the first attempt next season and it is thought Mahon has already been in touch with some members of the squad.
Defender Bobby O’Reilly also told the Drogheda Independent that he wishes to stay with the club next season.
Speaking to the Drogheda Independent, Kierans said,
“Mark is an excellent coach and Pete has great experience and is strong in terms of discipline as well, and he has great knowledge of youth football which we will need.
“Pete will give us more of a link between our youth teams and first team which we were lacking.
“The two boys (Mahon & Kinsella) came to me with the structure and are very, very happy to be working together and there was a good response from the players.”
Gerard Grimes, Pundit Arena