Lowly Shannon part with coaching team

All-Ireland League giants Shannon last night confirmed that head coach Stephen Keogh and his assistant Eoin Cahill have left their roles “by mutual agreement with the club”.

The Limerick club, one of the most successful in AIL history, have endured a horrific start to the Division 1A season losing their opening four games and conceding an average of 40 points per match.

They are rooted to the bottom of the league with -124 scoring difference. Their most recent defeat was a 45-13 loss at Old Belvedere on Saturday.

The club issued a statement last night following a meeting of officials.

“After meeting with club officers yesterday, Shannon RFC wish to announce the departure of their senior coaching team, Stephen Keogh and Eoin Cahill. The outcome of the meeting was that it was felt by both parties that it would be in the best interest of the club that both coaches step aside, and that a new voice may be a positive introduction for the future.”

Praising Keogh and Cahill’s dedication to their roles during their 18-month spell in charge, Shannon chairman Jack Keane said: “There’s no doubt we are in difficult times in the Ulster Bank League but nonetheless, Stephen and Eoin have worked assiduously during their time as head coach and assistant coach respectively. Both have been great and successful servants to the club as players and have continued to demonstrate their commitment to the well being of Shannon RFC by dealing admirably with the events of the last few days. We wish both men the very best in their rugby and personal futures and thank them most sincerely for their efforts on behalf of Shannon RFC.”

Shannon, the nine-time All-Ireland League winners, face two crucial clashes with local rivals Garryowen and last season’s champions St Mary’s in the next fortnight.

“The process of finding suitable replacements has only just begun, but we are very conscious that we still have two more league games to play before the November break including a hugely important game on Friday against Garryowen,” added Keane. “Despite the urgency, our executive committee will not make any decision in haste and will look to carry out the process with all the due diligence expected.”

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