Shelbourne have confirmed that Johnny McDonnell will be staying on as manager for the 2014 season.

McDonnell took over at Tolka Park last May following Alan Mathews' departure from the club, but couldn't prevent the relegation to the Airtricity League First Division.

The wages budget available for players and backroom staff for next season will of course be reflective of the reality that gate receipts and most other forms of club income will be less because of the drop to the First Division.

Despite this, the Shelbourne board is confident that McDonnell's experience of football management will enable him to field a team that is both competitive and able to challenge right from the start of the season.