DECLAN Considine is to step down as manager of Pike Rovers at the end of this season, with assistant coach Adrian Lipper also exiting his post.
The news was announced on the club’s Facebook page and Considine confirmed it when speaking to PostSport this week.
He leaves behind an incredibly successful legacy in his six years as Pike Rovers manager, with a trophy haul including:
- FAI Junior Cup in 2011
- 2 Munster Junior Cups
- 5 Premier Division titles
- 3 Lawson Cups
- 3 Tuohy Cups
- the Champions Cup, becoming the first Limerick team to win the competition
Considine expressed his gratitude to the club for the huge success he enjoyed with the Hoops.
“I owe a lot to Pike Rovers. People are saying to me that I owe nothing to Pike and that I can leave with my held high, but I think it’s the opposite.
“I had a fantastic time with Pike and it helps that I had a great chairman in Pat Dillon who always gave me huge support.
“I also had the best possible support from my assistant coach Adrian Lipper, kit man Colm Lipper and bag man [physio] Anthony Sheehy.”
Considine is leaving Pike Rovers to take over as Limerick’s new FAI Development Officer.
He considers it to be a role of massive responsibility, but it is one to which he is prepared to give the utmost of commitment.
“I started in the job last week and it’s a full-time job. I wouldn’t be able to put in the same commitment to Pike as this FAI job is a 24 hours a day, seven days a week job.
“I will be going out to disadvantaged areas trying to use soccer as a tool to keep young people out of trouble and away from drugs and crime. I want to promote soccer as a healthy lifestyle choice.”