Limerick FC have appointed Martin Russell as the SSE Airtricity Premier Division club’s new manager.
The club parted company with Stuart Taylor last week and Russell has left his assistant manager’s role at St Patrick’s Athletic to take up the reins at Limerick.
Russell previously managed UCD from 2009-2103 and his first league game in charge of Limerick FC, who currently lie eighth in the table, will not be until 26 July against Sligo Rovers as next Friday’s match against Derry City has been postponed due to Derry’s European commitments.
The 47-year-old former League of Ireland winner said: “I’m delighted to be given this opportunity at Limerick FC.
“The aim is to create a winning team. We want to build a competitive team here while also developing the young players coming through at the club. I’m really excited by this opportunity, along with the plans and the structures that the club have in place.
“I also want to say thanks to Saint Patrick’s Athletic having returned to the club this season. I wish them well for the rest of the season.”
"We want to build a competitive team here while also developing the young players coming through at the club" - Martin Russell
Speaking on the appointment, Chairman Pat O’Sullivan said: “I’m delighted to welcome Martin to Limerick FC.
“Martin has a tradition of playing good football. His teams always play good, attractive football and that along with his ability to develop young players were key factors in wanting to bring him to Limerick.
“We wish Martin well. He will have our full co-operation and we look forward to him receiving the full support of everybody who follows soccer in Limerick.”
Russell played in midfield for Birmingham City, Leicester City, Scarborough and Middlesbrough in England before returning home to play for Portadown and St Pat’s, winning league titles with both.
After hanging up his boots in 2003, the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 International had spells as assistant manager at St Pat’s and UCD between then and 2008.
It was with the Students that Russell cut his management teeth in 2009 and he guided them to the First Division title at the first attempt, before helping them to preserve their top-flight status for the following four seasons.
This year, he rejoined the Saints as assistant, and he leaves with Liam Buckley’s side in third place in the Premier Division.
Martin Russell has left the club to take manager position at @LimerickFCie. We thank him for his efforts here & wish him well in new job— St Patrick's Ath (@stpatsfc) July 14, 2014