Stephen Henderson and assistant manager Stuart Ashton have signed contract extensions to remain at Cobh Ramblers until the end of the 2020 season.
Henderson 51, is in his second spell as Manager at the club having left them in 2009 for a spell at Waterford United. He returned in April 2015 and led the club to a sixth-placed finish.
However, in 2016 he guided the club into the promotion playoffs where they lost to Drogheda United.
This season Cobh Ramblers have pushed big-spenders Waterford all the way in the promotion race, currently sitting in 2nd place 9 points behind.
Henderson told theleagueofireland.com “We were in the process of putting a football strategic plan together but it went a little south when the league structure was changed. We now have to review that plan relative to the new league format and the arrival of clubs with the same financial clout Waterford had this year.”
“The 3 years allows all our current coaching staff come together and plot a route that will see us develop and identify our own talent which will enable us to remain competitive in League of Ireland football.”
He added, “We have a lot of hard work and obstacles ahead of us but we will try to use our time wisely and constructively. When I do depart Ramblers I want to have been part of a team of dedicated football, non political orientated people who will have helped structure a player pathway that we all can be proud off, while ensuring Cobh Ramblers remain a competitive entity within League of Ireland football, and can move towards our centenary year with a confident stride rather than limping our way there.”
Cobh Ramblers chairman Bob Donovan spoke cobhramblers.ie about the contract extensions, “We’re absolutely delighted Stephen and Stuart have decided to extend their time at Cobh Ramblers. To sign a three year deal shows a huge belief in the project here at Ramblers, and I have no doubt Stephen and Stuart will continue and improve their already impressive work at the club.”
“On behalf of everyone at the club I would like to thank them for all their hard work, and I’m very excited to see where they can bring Ramblers in the future. This news puts Ramblers on a very strong footing moving forward.”