Willie Boland, the academy director of Limerick FC has taken over as Manager of the senior side following the departure of Martin Russell on Monday.
Russell who had been the manager for over three years left the club by a way of mutual consent after only six games for the Limerick side this season so far, including last weekends 3-0 defeat the Cork City.
Boland will make his debut as manager this weekend as Limerick FC take on St Patricks Athletic this Friday evening.
Boland a former premier league player played for Conventry City as well as Cardiff City and Hartlepool in his 17 year career.
The former player said that he was very much in shock when he heard the news of Martin Russell’s departure from the Limerick team.
Boland said in a press conference earlier today that ‘After a meeting with the club and the staff, it was decided I would take over on an interim period with Joe (Gamble) Strength & Conditioning Coach) and Eddie (Goalkeeping Coach) in their current roles as well going forward into the coming game against St. Pats.
“They’re professional players, they understand how football works. It can be quite volatile especially in relation to the manager’s position.
“So, they’ll be focused on the game no doubt about that. We trained yesterday and the boys trained very well, they had a focus about them.
“I think with the day off to let things settle down it will be a good opportunity to come in tomorrow and get focused on the game against St. Pats.”
“I am familiar with the players obviously, I’ve been to games, I’ve come out to training from time to time. It’s faces they recognise, faces that they are familiar with.
“We just need to give them the platform to go and continue to do what they’re doing, show more belief in what they’re doing.”
No timescale has been given to Boland for the appointment as Limerick FC Manager in the long term.