Horgan Replaces Cooke As Drogheda United Manager


Drogheda United have announced the appointment of former United goalkeeper Robbie Horgan as first team manager.

Horgan replaces Mick Cooke at the helm in a decision that will cause much dismay along the banks of the Boyne.

The club has expressed thanks to all those who applied for the position and in particular the three final interviewees who were each “of a high calibre and offered a broad and varied range of experience and ideas.”

The selection panel was impressed at interview by Robbie Horgan’s vision and plans for the club, his commitment to nurturing young talent combined with his proven work rate and professionalism over the last number of years. They feel that he has the drive, enthusiasm and commitment to guide the football aspect of the club forward in a very well considered and strategic manner.

Speaking about the appointment, Drogheda United Director Noel Heeney said “Of the applications that we received, three candidates were invited to interview. All three impressed but we agreed that the plans that Robbie presented to us, his strong financial understanding and his ambition and strength of character made him the right man for the job at this time. We believe he will prove to be an exceptional manager”.

Robbie Horgan said “I am delighted that the members of the selection panel were so enthusiastic about my vision for the club and have put their faith in me. I have had a massive affinity with the club since first playing here as a keeper in the late 80s and in recent years I hoped that I would be given the opportunity to further my managerial career at Drogheda United. I am 100% committed to bringing the club forward to challenge at the highest level.

“I believe that strong interaction and cooperation between all the teams involved in the club is key to a successful future and my plans involve working closely with those who look after the under 19s, under 18s and Drogheda Boys so that we continue to develop young local talent and that young people see a progression for themselves within the club. I am a firm believer that sport should be at the heart of every community and I will be working alongside the board and staff to promote Drogheda United as an important community asset that brings people of all ages and creeds together in a positive way every Friday night.”

Robbie Horgan first joined Drogheda United from Shamrock Rovers for the 1988/89 season and quickly established himself as United’s first choice goalkeeper. He remained with Drogheda for four seasons before moving to Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers, Dublin City and Monaghan United.  Robbie was player/goalkeeping coach with St. Patrick’s Athletic and then Sporting Fingal where he subsequently became assistant manager. He joined Drogheda as assistant manager for the 2011 season. Robbie has just completed his 28th consecutive season in the League of Ireland, a record of which he is very proud and which he hopes to continue for many seasons to come. He has been an integral part of the Drogheda United backroom team for the past three years.

Robbie will now begin to work on assembling his squad for 2014 with his eyes firmly set on retaining the majority of the team that lost 3-2 in this year’s FAI Cup final defeat to Sligo Rovers.

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