Cobh Ramblers today announced former Ramblers Assistant coach Declan Coleman as their new U-19 Manager, taking the reins from the departed Ethan McCarthy.
Coleman was Assistant coach at Cork City’s U-19’s last season, in what was a marvellous year for the club, as they represented the League of Ireland in the UEFA Youth League.
Speaking exclusively to us Coleman said, “I’m delighted to be back at the club where i started my League of Ireland coaching career and hope to help as many of the players as possible to push on to the next level.”
“It’s a competitive league and it will really bring the best out of the players and coaches. I see it as a progression from my previous role and am really looking forward to getting started.”
“The club is moving in the right direction and I want to be a big part of that and test myself by moving up to the hot seat from assistant manager.”
“I had a brilliant few seasons at Cork City, especially last season competing in the European Youth League. I really enjoyed it but now I feel the time is right to take this step. The aim is to be competitive in the league and progress as many players as we can on to the first team. I believe there are loads of young players capable of playing in League of Ireland first teams but they need a platform to develop and an opportunity to showcase their ability and that’s what we want to do at Cobh now.”
Cobh kick-off their U-19 Southern Elite Division season on Sunday, with a home tie against Shamrock Rovers.