Athlone Town have confirmed that Mick Cooke has stepped down from the position of first team manager by mutual consent.

In a statement, the club thanked Cooke for the “hard work, honesty and integrity that he has shown in the job since replacing Roddy Collins at the start of the season”.

Cooke said that “despite the team being so close to getting results I just cannot find the right button to get us over the line and gain the all important results we need.”

He said that following discussions with club chairman John Hayden, they had decided that “new men at the helm was the best plan of action”.

Athlone have endured a torrid start to the season, losing all ten of their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division games so far.