Former Cork City and Shamrock Rovers striker Karl Sheppard says he and Ciarán Kilduff remain interested in the managerial vacancy at Athlone Town.

In early April, the First Division club parted ways with Martin Russell who had been in charge for five months, having replaced Paul Doolin last November.

Director of football Dermot Lennon took interim charge of the first team as Athlone began the search for a new manager.

They remain bottom of the second tier and without a win after 14 games with draws against Treaty United and Bray Wanderers last month their only points of the campaign so far.

In April, The Irish Mirror reported that Sheppard and ex-Dundalk forward Kilduff, formerly team-mates at Shamrock Rovers and Shelbourne, were in contention for the vacancy in the wake of Russell's departure, including the potential for the duo forming a management team.

On the latter prospect of a management team where they would work alongside each other, Sheppard told the RTÉ Soccer Podcast that he and Kilduff were keen on taking on taking charge at Athlone.

"I suppose there's no point in hiding it. Myself and Ciarán Kilduff are extremely interested in the role," he said.

"There's not much more I can say than that other than we've watched almost every game they've played this season up to this point and there's a lot to work with there.

"We're extremely interested but look, other than that at the moment there's not much else I can say but it is something we really are interested in."

Sheppard also praised the work of his ex-Cork City manager John Caulfield who has guided Galway United into a neck-and-neck battle with their former club in the race for automatic promotion from the First Division.

"He's had a bit of a tactical masterclass in putting Stephen Walsh up front, someone who's probably not played up front maybe since I played with him about 10 years ago," he said.

"He's played centre-half and left-back and all of a sudden John's put him up front and I think he has eight league goals this season which is a phenomenal return for what was essentially a defender to go up front.

"(Caulfield) has made them hard to beat and they're now playing with what some might say is a bit of a direct football approach but it's certainly working for them.

"They're picking up points and they're staying with Cork which is a testament to them, considering how well Cork have started and how strong their investment has been."

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