Stephen O’Donnell has announced that he is stepping down as head coach of St. Patrick’s Athletic just five days after leading them to FAI Cup glory .
The Galwayman made a statement through his management, Integrity Sports, thanking the club for the support over the past two and a half years.
O’Donnell is expected to be offered a coaching position in due course at Dundalk, where he spent six years as a player, but questions remain as to whether any compensation is due.
The Athletic has already moved to appoint Tim Clancy as a coach like the Meathman ended a four year stint in charge of Drogheda United.
While Clancy was announced yesterday as an “addition to the management team,” the former Shamrock Rovers and Bray Wanderers man is expected to take full responsibility.
In a disguised reference to Dundalk, the Saints Declaration thanked Drogheda “for her professionalism in this process and for permission to speak to her manager with a view to joining St. Patrick’s Athletic.”
Pats has not yet officially announced O’Donnell’s departure, and that may take some time before all red tape between the two clubs is cleared.
“Today I informed St. Patrick’s Athletic of my decision to step down as head coach,” read a statement on Integrity Sports’ Instagram.
“I understand that the club and the fans will be disappointed with my decision. I hope, however, that despite their disappointment, they can see that I gave my all during my tenure. “
“I definitely feel like I couldn’t have worked harder and I’m so proud of the exciting team we’ve built over the past two years.
“I would like to thank all of the club’s coaches, players and fans, all of whom have been amazing during my time at the club.
“I would also like to thank Garrett Kelleher for giving me my first chance as a coach and I hope he feels he has confirmed the trust he has placed in me.
“The success in the FAI Cup on Sunday was one of the proudest moments of my life and an achievement that I will cherish forever. I think the club has made great progress and is in a great place. “