Paul Doolin has stepped away as manager of First Division Athlone Town.

The vastly experienced boss arrived in August having been out of League of Ireland management for over a decade.

Doolin previously managed UCD, Cork City and Drogheda United, winning a league and FAI Cup with the Boynesiders.

He took the reins at Athlone from Adrian Carberry and had hoped to make a late charge for the play-off spots.

Athlone ultimately finished seventh, four points off the play-offs, with the club confirming on Monday night that Doolin has made the decision to walk away.

"While the club was very happy with what was achieved during that short spell, Paul informed the club that he feels unable to continue in the role due to work and family commitments," Athlone said on social media.

"While the club would have liked Paul to stay on, we fully respect his decision.

"Athlone Town AFC would like to put on the record its thanks to Paul and wish him every success for the future. The club will now seek to have a new manager/head coach in place for the 2022 LOI First Division campaign."

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