Andrew Meredith has stepped down as coach of the Ireland men's hockey team.

A statement released by the Irish Hockey Association confirmed Meredith's exit, which they claim was a decision reached by mutual consent.

The statement read: "Irish Hockey has today announced that the relationship between National Men’s Coach, Andrew Meredith, and the IHA will be discontinued at the end of December 2013.

"The decision was by mutual consent after discussions were held between Irish Hockey and Andrew.

"Irish Hockey would like to thank Andrew for his contribution over the last 14 Months and wish him all the best for his future endeavours.

"The men’s team will now operate under the interim control of Mick McKinnon, current assistant National Men’s coach, and Jonny Caren, national U21 Mens Coach, until a new appointment is made." 

Speaking on his Twitter account, Meredith said: "Like to thank the fantastic people from the Irish Hockey community for their kindness, assistance, and magnificent support. Thank you.

"Would also like to thank the extremely dedicated team of staff members at the IHA for all their assistance and support of the Mens program.

"Sad to close one chapter of life, but enthusiastic about the new one which will mean the important people in my life come first. #family"

Meredith added that he was looking forward to starting a new opportunity, working with FC St Pauli.