FAI Cup winning-head coach Stephen O'Donnell has confirmed his expected departure from St Patrick's Athletic this evening, saying he hoped the fans would recognise that he "had given everything" during his time in charge.
O'Donnell, who succeeded Harry Kenny as St Pat's boss in August 2019, oversaw considerable progression in his two and half years as head coach, guiding the Inchicore outfit to runners-up spot in the 2021 Premier Division - albeit a distant runner-up behind Shamrock Rovers - and last week scooping the fourth FAI Cup success in the club's history after a penalty shootout win over Bohemians.
It is widely assumed that the Galway man will take the vacant managerial position at Dundalk, having won four League titles for the club, as a key figure during Stephen Kenny's trophy-laden reign.
In a statement released this evening, O'Donnell confirmed his exit from St Pat's.
"Today, I informed St Patrick's Athletic of my decision to resign as Head Coach. I understand the club and supporters will be disappointed at my decision. However, I hope that, despite their disappointment, they can recognise that I have given everything during my time in charge.
"I certainly feel that I could not have worked any harder and I am so proud of the exciting team we have built over the past two years.
"I would like to thank all the coaching staff, the players and the club's supporters, all of whom have been incredible during my time at the club. I would also like to thank Garrett Kelleher for giving me my first opportunity in coaching and I hope he feels I have delivered upon the faith he has shown in me.
"Sunday's FAI Cup success was one of the proudest moments of my life and an achievement I will cherish forever. I believe the club has made terrific progress and is in a great place."
Yesterday, it was announced that Tim Clancy had left his post as Drogheda United manager for St Patrick's Athletic. Though he was formally described as an "addition" to the management team, it is certain he will replace O'Donnell as head coach.