Football Association Of Ireland Intermediate Cup Champions Avondale United Football Club have named Damien Roddis and Karl Sheppard as their new management team for the coming season after Ken Bruton announced that he was stepping down as team manager.
Damien Roddis was part of Bruton’s coaching staff at the club and has a wealth of experience having played at the highest level with Cork City and of course lined out with Mayfield United but this will be a huge challenge for Roddis as he sets high standards in the dressing room.
Sheppard we all know is a fantastic player for Cork City and will join Roddis as head coach at the club and will bring with him a wealth of experience. Sheppard played schoolboy football with Portmarnock before joining Everton Football Club, and has had spells with Galway United, Shamrock Rovers in the League of Ireland as well as Everton & Accrington Stanley.
The new management team will of course look to retain the Intermediate cup but will also focus on the Munster Senior League after they didn’t win it this season.
Ken Bruton leaves a valuable squad of players with the new management duo, and in stepping down he won Cork International Hotel June sportsperson Award … Bruton will now concentrate on the Under 11s team and his academy at the club while also taking some much needed time off ..