St Pat's find quick replacement...

Article Posted: Wednesday 14th January, 2009

Jeff Kenna has taken the position vacated by Johnny McDonnell at St Patrrick’s Athletic, just a month after committing to Galway United for another season. His assistant at Terryland Park, Ian Foster, has already signed a two-year contract and his first player, as Galway look to carry on regardless.

While the club expressed ‘disappointment’ at the news, little time was wasted in giving Foster a deal until the end of the 2010 season. The new man has already brought midfielder Derek O'Brien back to Terryland Park from Pat's.

At Richmond Park, chief executive Richard Sadlier said Kenna "brings a great deal of football experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to the role and everyone at the club is looking forward to working with him over the coming season.”

Pat's are believed to have signed Kenna on a season-long contract and are expected to unveil their new man at a press conference on Friday afternoon.

Foster will base himself in Galway and will be selecting a backroom team over the next few days.

"We made enormous progress in the second-half of last season and we will be looking to continue that and make a strong start to the new campaign," he said today.

Galway United chief executive Nick Leeson assured fans there will be some more new signings over the coming days.

"We have a new sponsor on board for the next four years, a new kit deal for the next four years and a manager who is committed to Galway United FC for the next two years.

(courtesy of The Irish Times)