COBH Ramblers have appointed Stuart Ashton as the first team head coach up until the end of the 2021 season.
Ashton came to Ramblers as the assistant to Stephen Henderson in 2017 and has been at the St Colman’s Park club ever since, including being part of the setup that reached the EA Sports Cup final last year.
Before that, he had an excellent track record and was highly regarded as a coach within the underage ranks at Cork City.
When Henderson resigned as the Cobh boss in June of this year, Ashton took over the reigns on an interim basis. Over the past few months, performances and results have been of a consistent nature.
Ramblers are unbeaten in their last six games in the First Division, something the club last done in the league back in 2007.
They hope he will provide a foundation for success over the next few years.
“The club are delighted with this appointment and feel the commitment, innovation, and leadership Stuart has shown as interim manager is a strong foundation for success together over the coming years.”
At City he helped to bring through the likes of players who have gone on to play for Ireland and at a high-level cross channel, including the likes of Alan Browne, Kevin Long and Brian Lenihan.
Ashton actually previously managed Ramblers or a period during the mid-1990s, following a spell playing with the club. He also served as the interim boss at Cork City in 2013, prior to the appointment of John Caulfield.
Cobh recently acquitted themselves well in the recent FAI Cup tie against League Of Ireland kingpins Dundalk.
It is understood that the backroom team of Dec Coleman, James Claffey and Shane Kavanagh will remain in place alongside Ashton.
Ramblers have two games remaining this season, a trip Galway United, followed by Longford Town at home