KEITH Hamilton has parted company with Beragh Swifts after almost three full seasons in charge at Fountain Lane.
After slumping to a 6-1 reverse at Irvinestown Wanderers on Saturday, he was relieved of his duties by club officials on Monday night. It’s expected his assistant Phillip Fegan will take charge of team affairs this weekend against Strathroy Harps.
Hamilton had already indicated to club officials that he would step away in the summer but the club have acted in an effort to ‘reinvigorate the side’s fortunes’, claimed club chairman Richard Lyons.
“It has been a very difficult position to be in, we are in real danger of dropping through the trap door and we felt the time was right, with 21 points to play for, to make a change, freshen things up,” he admitted.,
“The confidence was gone from the players and after the weekend we felt that we needed to move.
“Hammy [Hamilton] is a friend of mine, we go back years and this has been a very difficult decision for us. He has been our most successful manager, he guided us to two Mulhern Cup finals and is a genuine football man. I think he understands our decision.”
Hamilton, while disappointed at the decision, wished the team who are rooted to the bottom of the Division One table with seven games to go, well for the rest of the season.
“It was amicable and I really wish the players all the very best of good luck in the run in,” he said. “It has come as a bit of a shock but it is what it is. I will have to take up gardening or something!
“The players are just not there, we had so many key players out injured and unavailable, I had brought in the young lads to try and get us through and out of this mess.
“I really believed we could have got results from the final seven games, four of which are at home but that will be someone else’s problem now.”
Fegan’s first game in charge is against Strathroy Harps tomorrow (Saturday)
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