Athlone Town announce interesting new management team for 2018
Article by Kieran Burke -@KieranBTSLate last night (Sunday, 10th of December 2017) Athlone Town announced a surprising new first-team management structure for the forthcoming First Division season. Since the conclusion of an utterly embarrassing 2017 campaign at the Midlands club, there had almost been a news blackout surrounding Lissywoolen with little or no updates regarding the leagues oldest club emerging. However, supporters of Athlone now know who will guide the club forward in what is an expanded ten-team First Division for next season.
Taking up the managerial reigns half-way through last season, following the resignation of ex-Longford boss Alan Mathews, Roddy Collins will remain at Athlone for 2018 but in the new role of general manager. Instead, the first-team manager position will be filled by Aaron Callaghan, who has previously managed the "Blue and Black" as well as other League of Ireland clubs Longford Town, Bohemians and UCD.
Assisting Callaghan will be Terry Butler, who has worked with the experienced manager at Bohemians, UCD and Carrick Rangers of the Northern Irish Football League.
As part of the announcement, Athlone Town revealed they will be hosting open trials for local players with an interest in forging a career in the LOI. The statement posted on the clubs official website stated the new management structure would now set-out to start recruiting for what they hope will be a successful 2018 campaign.
Athlone Town finished bottom of the second tier last season, while off the pitch the club were subject to an FAI investigation, following claims of betting irregularities in a league tie away to local rivals Longford. Athlone duo Igors Labuts and Dragos Sfrijan were both handed twelve-months bans as a result by the governing body.