Drogheda United have appointed Pete Mahon as the club's new manager.

The former UCD and St Patrick's Athletic boss had served as assistant manager at United Park earlier this season alongside Johnny McDonnell.

Ex-Ireland international Mark Kinsella, who replaced McDonnell, is to remain at the club as a member of the first-team coaching staff.

Mahon faces the challenge of returning Drogheda to the top flight as they find themselves in the First Division for the first time in over a decade.

Speaking after the appointment, Mahon said: "I'm very happy to be taking on this challenge at a great club like Drogheda United.

"Our main aim will be to get Drogheda back to where they belong and that’s playing Premier Division football. This past season has been very disappointing but I want us to create a buzz around United Park once again.

"At this stage of my career, I'm not taking a job on for the money but for the passion for the game. I enjoyed my time at Drogheda last season having worked closely with all of the staff and Fiachra Kierans and Dermot McKenna were vital in my decision to take on the role."

Club chairman Kierans has welcomed the appointment, saying it offers the club "a chance at some stability".

Mahon said discussions have taken place with a number of players from last season's side in an effort to put together a squad capable of bouncing back from relegation.

He revealed a number of players have made it clear they will not play First Division football, but added that does not bother him.

"The squad of players that I want at Drogheda next season will be players who are proud to play for the club and will give everything I ask of them on the pitch."