Shane Keegan steps down as Cobh Ramblers boss

Cobh Ramblers have confirmed the departure of manager Shane Keegan, citing his work commitments as the reason behind his exit.

The former Wexford Youths and Galway United chief was installed as Ramblers boss midway through the 2022 campaign and led them from the foot of the table to the cusp of promotion via the play-offs.

But the club have revealed that the Laois native has stepped aside from his role.

“Cobh Ramblers regret to announce that Shane Keegan has departed from his role as club manager,” a statement read. 

“Unfortunately it was not possible for Shane to combine his day role and the demands of the manager’s position at our club.

“Despite the best efforts of the board to retain Shane it was not possible to find a solution.

“We are deeply disappointed to lose a man who will always be held in huge esteem in Cobh. We wish Shane the very best for the future.

“The club hopes to be in a position to appoint a replacement in the coming days.”

And Keegan added: “Midway through the 2023 season I underwent a substantial promotion in my day job. 

“This promotion resulted in a significant increase in my working hours and my responsibilities. 

“While I just about managed to juggle my new role with the demands of League of Ireland management over the rest of the season, it did take a significant toll on all aspects of my life, and would be unsustainable in 2024.  

“As I hope you can understand, I have to put my long-term career first and therefore I have regrettably informed the club that I will not be able to continue in my role as first-team manager for the 2024 season.”