Wednesday 19 December 2018

Axe falls on Irish bosses Kavanagh and Dunne

THE two Dubliners who were managing football league clubs in England have lost their jobs in the space of a few hours, with Graham Kavanagh and Joey Dunne now out of work.

League Two side Carlisle United axed Kavanagh after a poor start to the season continued with Saturday's 5-0 loss to Cambridge United. Appointed last season, former Ireland international Kavanagh was unable to prevent United's demotion to League One and this season has been a struggle with four losses and two draws in six games.

"Regretfully, it has been decided to dispense with Graham's services after a very difficult and disappointing start to the season," the club said in a statement.

"Saturday's result at Cambridge was a 'tipping point' for those concerned with the running and management of Carlisle United Football Club."

Former Ireland U21 cap Dunne, who had been in charge of League One side Colchester since September 2012, has also paid the price for a poor start to the season as United managed only one draw from their first six matches. Assistant boss Mark Kinsella has also left the club.

Colchester have promoted academy chief Tony Humes to the role of first-team manager.


The 48-year-old was a centre-half with Ipswich and Wrexham in his playing days and worked with the youth teams at both of those clubs before joining the U's in a similar capacity.

Humes will be assisted by Richard Hall, who was working with the club's under-21s.

"Joe has done a remarkable job as manager of Colchester United over the past two seasons, and he has been a remarkable servant for the club for many years," said club chairman Robbie Colwing.

"He is a Colchester United legend and I am grateful for the way he kept our club in League One during these challenging times.

"I wish him all of the very best for the future."

The exit of Dubliners Kavanagh and Dunne means that Mick McCarthy (Ipswich) and John Sheridan (Plymouth) are the only Irishmen managing sides in England this season.

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