Athlone Town have filled their managerial vacancy in a matter of hours with Eddie Wallace named as successor to Keith Long.

Long departed for Bohemians this morning after impressing in his spell with the midlands club, despite their relegation.

Wallace was assistant to Long for the 2014 season and will be tasked with getting them back to the SSE Airtricity Premier Division next season..

An Athlone statement read: "Eddie brings a wealth of experience to the club as was evident in the calibre of players signed during his period as assistant manager to Keith Long.

"It is hoped that continuity will be maintained and we will be in a position from a budgetary point of view to support the current squad of players which have signed for Athlone and who is intended will be part of the squad for the forthcoming season.

"We as a club do not wish to repeat the legacy of 18 years as a First Division club and the appointment is statement of intent of all parties associated with the club to return to Premier football in the shortest possible time."

Athlone also paid tribute to Long's efforts after he almost kept them in the top flight, even though he took over after Town had lost the first 10 league games of the year.

They stated: "We wish Keith every success in his new role and thank him for the hard work, commitment and determination shown by him during his short period with the club and achieving a relative degree of success with the team who had accumulated nil points when he took over as manager."