Athlone Town have confirmed the appointment of Paul Doolin as senior team manager following the departure of Adrian Carberry from the role this week.
A statement issued by the club on Wednesday morning confirmed the appointment noting Doolin’s ‘proven track record in management in the League of Ireland and with Irish underage teams.’
‘Paul has managed UCD, Cork City and Drogheda United whom he guided to Premier Division success in 2007 and an FAI Cup win in 2005. He has also previously managed Ireland’s U19 teams.
‘Before his move to the dugout Paul was a highly decorated and respected player having played for clubs including Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians, Shelbourne, Derry City, and Dundalk in the LOI and Portadown in the Irish League.
‘Paul’s appointment as ATAFC’s manager was confirmed following a meeting between the parties late on Tuesday evening.’
Doolin replaces Athlone native and former Town playing favourite, Carberry, who was appointed to the position in December 2019.
A statement issued by the club on Tuesday afternoon confirmed that the Carberry had departed the club by mutual agreement.
The announcement followed Athlone’s 6-0 defeat to UCD on Friday night, a result which ultimately leaves the club with slim hopes of achieving a play-off position this season.
Carberry received the full support of the club heirarchy following a late July loss to Treaty United, but with no immediate upturn in results, the decision to part ways formally materialised.
‘The board of Athlone Town AFC can confirm that it is seeking a new head coach for its men’s senior team following Adrian Carberry’s departure from the role.
‘The decision that Adrian should step down from the role he has held since December 2019 was by mutual agreement. His departure comes following a meeting between the parties on Monday night to discuss the team’s recent league form and on-field performances.
‘It was agreed that the best option for the team at this point in time was for somebody else to take over the reins, for the remainder of the 2021 season. ATAFC would like to put on the record its thanks and appreciation to Adrian for all his hard work, especially when it came to trying to coach a team in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘The club fully acknowledges Adrian’s commitment to the position, and his strong desire to return the club to its glory days. Unfortunately, from everybody’s perspective things did not work out as we all would have liked.
‘The club wishes Adrian, a former player and a local Athlone man, and his family the very best for the future. ATAFC will now begin its search for a replacement head coach. The club will make an announcement in due course regarding Adrian’s successor.’
The board of management of Athlone Town AFC is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Doolin as our new men’s senior team manager.