Roddy Collins cuts Athlone Town ties

Article by Kieran Burke - @KieranBTS.

Roddy Collins association with First Division club Athlone Town came to an end this afternoon, following the news that Collins has stepped down from his role as Athlone Town General Manager. 

Making the move upstairs in the close season, having of course managed the Midlands outfit for the second half of last season, Collins brought former Athlone Town manager, Aaron Callaghan back to the club to replace him in the dugout. 

Former double winner at Bohemians, Collins role as general manager mainly revolved around trying to bring finance into the struggling second tier side, who were subject to a match-fixing scandal in 2017 when goalkeeper, Igors Labuts and defender, Dragos Sfrijan were both handed down twelve month bans by the FAI. 

With Athlone's mystery foreign investors running for the hills in recent months, the 2013 First Division winners have decided to operate off an amateur budget for this season and were in fact the only League of Ireland club to hold player assessment days in pre-season.

While Aaron Callaghan looks to have found one or two promising prospects in former Real Madrid youth, Felix Bape and former Longford Town and Cabinteely player Aaron Brilly, in the majority it is a vastly inexperienced side. 

Friday night's First Division opener away to Galway United ended in a heavy 4-1 defeat and that has now been followed by the news of Collins resignation. 

While Athlone club officials have stated that Collins resignation was an amicable one, there has been no reasoning made for the decision as of yet. Finally, it has also been revealed Collins will continue to advise the club when called upon but for now, this is the end of Roddy Collins involvement with the side he guided to title success in 2013.      

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