Waterford United have confirmed the departure of manager Roddy Collins with immediate effect.

Collins took over at the First Division club in May last year, but they have struggled this season, with the Blues suffering a crushing 8-1 defeat to UCD last time out.

United currently sit in sixth place in the table, ahead of Cabinteely and Athlone Town.

“Waterford United can confirm the departure of Roddy Collins as First team Manager with immediate effect,” the club statement read.

“The club would like to thank Roddy for his efforts over the last 18 months and wish him the best of luck in the future.”

Collins, who is a former manager of Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers, Floriana, Cork City, Monaghan United, Carlisle United and Derry City, took over at the RSC when the club were bottom of the table after stating previously he had “physically retired” from Irish football.

The 55-year-old found himself in hot water with the FAI earlier this year over comments made in his newspaper column.

The Dublin native was fined €1,500 and handed a six-game touchline ban for his article in the Irish Daily Star about the state of the league.

“The game here is f**ked without good people who get nothing in return only stress and abuse, and without the players and the phenomenal effort they put in,”

Waterford said an announcement in relation to Collins’ successor will be made in “due course”.