SEAN McCaffrey’s seven month tenure as Dundalk FC manager came to an end on Thursday evening when news filtered out from Oriel Park that the Lilywhites had parted ways with the 52-year-old.
The club confirmed the news in a statement released on www.dundalkfc.com which read: ‘Sean McCaffrey and Dundalk FC have today come to a mutual understanding to end Sean’s tenure as first-team manager at the club. Both parties believe this is in the best interests of all concerned.
‘Dundalk FC would like to thank Sean for his dedication, commitment and professional work ethic towards the role of first team manager at Dundalk FC.
‘The unprecedented financial times have added significant pressures on the club and have curtailed many of the ambitious plans Sean had for the Dundalk FC. We would like to thank Sean and wish him well in his future career.’
The club’s board made the decision to end McCaffrey’s reign on Monday evening but could not get in contact with the Monaghan man until after training on Thursday. It was then that he was informed of the board’s decision. It is believed that McCaffrey did not sign a contract at the club so no compensation will be paid by Dundalk FC.
Appointed just two days before Christmas, McCaffrey endured a torrid time in charge of the Lilywhites, winning just three league games from 15.
The club have lost their last five homes games - the worst home run of form in the club’s 86-year history and McCaffrey leaves with the club sitting just two points off the foot of the Airtricity League Premier Division table.
Results, however, are not believed to have played a part in his departure. It appears that his refusal to trim the club’s wage bill, coupled with his desire to bring in extra players like Hernany Macedo and Steven Beattie, despite the club being in serious financial problems, was one of the main factors in his sacking.
The former Republic of Ireland underage boss has also received a frosty reception from the club’s fans, who he labelled as “unforgiving” following his final game in charge, a 4-0 defeat to Shelbourne last Friday.
Pointedly, in a statement released on the club’s website on Thursday night, McCaffrey thanked the players and staff but did not mention the supporters.
“Many of my plans and initiatives unfortunately could not be realised at the club in an appropriate time-frame and due to this I feel is it best we go our separate ways”, said McCaffrey.
“I would like to thank all the players, coaching and administration staff for their efforts and cooperation during my time at the club and I wish them all the best for the rest of the season”.
Assistant manager Darius Kierans, alongside Head of Youth Development Martin Connolly, will take charge of tonight’s match with Shamrock Rovers.
The club will meet with Kierans over the weekend where it is expected they will offer him the manager’s role on a full-time basis until the end of the season.