The storm clouds really began to gather for Kevin Sheedy and Mike Newell with two 3-0 defeats in four days over the Bank Holiday weekend. Photos: Inpho/Noel Browne.
Waterford FC have started the search for a new management team with the news this evening that Kevin Sheedy and Mike Newell have parted company with the club by “mutual contest” after just nine games in charge.
After the duo walked away from the club a couple of weeks ago, only to return soon afterwards, their tenure at the RSC is finally over with just two wins against Derry City and Sligo Rovers leaving the Blues sitting bottom of the Premier League pile.
Although there was speculation that both men could leave the club after Monday’s defeat at the hands of Shamrock Rovers, this seemed to be dismissed by manager Kevin Sheedy, who said he was “focused” on this Saturday’s clash with Drogheda United.
In his final post-match interview as Blues boss, Sheedy said, “We need to regroup, work hard on the training ground, and look forward to the game on Saturday. It’s a huge game against Drogheda, and they are a good team.
“It will be a tough game, but if we can get a couple of injured players back, it will give us some more options when we’re selecting a team. They were two tough games against Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers, which they proved to be, but we’ll learn from this and move on.”
GEOGHEGAN TAKES CHARGE
Head of Academy, Mike Geoghegan (pictured right), will take charge for Saturday’s game against Drogheda United.
Geoghegan, who was Under 15 manager last season before replacing Gary Hunt as the Academy head, is likely to reinstate the academy players back into the squad after they were left out of recent games after Sheedy claimed they wouldn’t get “protection” from match officials.
Geoghegan will become the fifth man to take charge of the Blues first team since the start of the 2020 season, following on from Alan Reynolds, John Sheridan and Fran Rockett.
The departure of both men comes as no real surprise as it’s believed that owner Lee Power was unhappy with the fact that the duo had failed to include experienced goalkeeper Brian Murphy in recent squads after a believed breakdown in relations with management.
One would expect that the hugely experienced Waterford native will be back contention for Saturday’s must win game, even if his replacement Paul Martin has been excellent since he has come into the team.
Assistant manager Mike Newell (below right), had an especially tough time during his tenure as assistant manager, picking up two red cards. As a result he was suspended twice by the FAI, and he was also due to miss the next three games after he was hit with a four-game ban after his sending off against St. Patrick’s Athletic.
Less than two weeks after the club dismissed talk of both men leaving the club as “baseless rumours”, they have been left in a situation now where they need to look for a new boss.
Many Blues fans will already be hoping that they go back to Alan Reynolds or Fran Rockett or both in the coming days but at this stage it’s too early to speculate on what will happen.
Another Tramore man (local) who could well come into contention is former boss, Tommy Griffin, who would have all the coaching qualifications needed to take the job.
It is unlikely that Mike Geoghegan would want the job on a permanent basis due to his work commitments and his role with the club’s academy but he is likely to remain in charge till a full-time replacement for Sheedy and Newell is appointed.
The Waterford FC statement this evening read…..
The Kevin Sheedy/Mike Newell era of Waterford FC came to an end this evening after just nine games.