One of the longest managerial reigns in the Leinster Senior League came to an end last night.
After nine successful seasons in charge Gavin Fleming has stepped down as manager of one of the leagues most progressive clubs, Clondalkin Celtic.
A back injury forced Fleming to call time on his playing career at the tender age of 25 and he went straight into management taking over first team affairs.
Fleming, who is the lead singer in Ireland’s top Oasis tribute band, took over in 2009 and oversaw 7 consecutive promotions picking up three league winners medals in the process.
The club also celebrated a double winning season and won the prestigious Noel Ryan Cup during that period.
Celtic managed to beat some top table Saturday sides to lift the cup and went through every round without conceding a goal.
After a run of league success and that prestigious cup win the club elected to enter Sunday football.
In their first year the club were promoted from Major 1 to Major and then the season before last saw them miss out on promotion to Intermediate football by only a couple of points.
The season just gone wasn’t as successful as the league got extremely more competitive as a number of former AUL sides of note found their feet in LSL.
Despite some disappointments last season, it has proved a massively successful innings for Fleming, but he has elected to step down and the Sunday major club is now on the look out for a new manager.
Work and family commitments are the catalyst behind the move, but Fleming, who was instrumental in all aspects of the club and particularly setting up an underage section will remain on the committee, but will no longer boss the first team.
While Fleming has retired from his managerial role two of his more trusted players and indeed close friends during his nine years in charge have also called time on their playing careers.
Lee ‘Swiss Clock’ Byrne and Barry O’Sullivan, who like Fleming have been with the club for just short of 20 years have hung up their boots.