Dundalk part ways with Stephen O'Donnell

Premier Division strugglers Dundalk have confirmed they have parted ways with head coach Stephen O'Donnell. 

The former Lilywhites skipper - who led them to European qualification during his first year in charge - presided over a difficult start to the season at Oriel Park. 

Dundalk are without a win so far this season and shipped a heavy 4-1 loss away to Derry City on Friday. 

Assistant manager Patrick Cregg has also left the club with O'Donnell.

“This has been a very difficult decision to make,” Dundalk owner Brian Ainscough said. “Stephen is, and always will be, a legendary figure at Dundalk FC and is a very talented young coach but football is a results business and, regrettably, our disappointing start to the season has led to this conclusion.

“Stephen and Patrick have worked tirelessly to improve the club over the past two-and-a-half years and I would like to thank both of them for their commitment, dedication and enthusiasm.

“I wish both of them the very best of luck in their future endeavours and they will always be welcome at Oriel Park.”

First-team Liam Burns and Head of Football Operations Brian Gartland will take charge of Dundalk until a new boss is appointed

“It’s obviously a very sad day for myself and Padge,” O’Donnell added. “I love Dundalk and I love the town so much. 

“We always wanted what was the best for Dundalk and we worked tirelessly to try and do that. 

“I’m proud of our achievements over the past two years, qualifying for Europe and going close again last season.

“The way I left it with Brian was very amicable and I think the club is in really good hands going forward. 

“I have no doubt that the players and staff will get the club out of the position they’re in.”