Henderson to stay on in charge of Ramblers after productive meeting with club committee

Henderson to stay on in charge of Ramblers after productive meeting with club committee
Cobh Ramblers Stephen Henderson. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

STEPHEN Henderson has agreed to stay on as the manager of Cobh Ramblers.

Following a productive meeting with the club committee over the weekend, Henderson has decided to remain on as the boss of the St Colman's Park side.

Ramblers chairman Michael O'Donovan said: "We were happy to have cleared the air and to address the issues raised. We did not want to lose Stephen given our progress over the past few years."

It is thought that the club has given Henderson assurances that his concerns will be addressed.

It was quite a dramatic weekend down Cobh direction. During his post-match press conference following the defeat to Longford Town over the weekend, the Ramblers boss admitted he was considering stepping down from his position, citing concerns that the club was not progressing in the manner in which he would have liked.

Henderson, who sees his current contract at the club run until 2020, has done overall a fantastic job while at the helm as the Ramblers boss in recent years, working with what has been overall quite a young squad of players.

In 2016 they finished in third place in the First Division table, narrowly being defeated in a tantalising playoff tie against Drogheda United.

Ramblers also reached the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup that particular year, only just losing out after giving a brilliant account of themselves against St Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park.

Last season was another very satisfactory one from a Cobh point of view. They finished in second place behind champions Waterford. In a cruel twist of fate, Ramblers had no reward for their efforts. That was due to the fact there were no playoffs because of a structural change in the league.

In what is a massive night for the club, Ramblers will look to get the 2018 campaign back on track tonight when they host Longford Town in the quarter-final of the EA Sports Cup. Kick off at St Colman's Park is at 7.30pm.

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