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The former Drogs goalkeeper will take the reins at Hunky Dorys Park after the club decided not to retain Mick Cooke after three cup final defeats

Drogheda United have confirmed that Robbie Horgan will take charge of the club for the 2014 Airtricity Premier Division season.

Mick Cooke was let go at the end of the season despite helping Drogs reach three cup finals in the 2013 campaign, as well as guiding them to a second-place finish in 2012. Horgan had been assistant under Cooke since 2011, having previously played in goal for them from 1988 to 1992, winning two League of Ireland titles.

Drogheda United Director Noel Heeney spoke of how Horgan was the right appointment to replace Cooke. “Of the applications that we received, three candidates were invited to interview," Heaney said. "All three impressed but we agreed that the plans that Robbie presented to us, his strong financial understanding and his ambition and strength of character made him the right man for the job at this time. We believe he will prove to be an exceptional manager”.

Horgan also revealed his delight at stepping up to become the manager at Hunky Dorys Park. "I am delighted that the members of the selection panel were so enthusiastic about my vision for the club and have put their faith in me," Horgan said.

"I have had a massive affinity with the club since first playing here as a keeper in the late 80s and in recent years I hoped that I would be given the opportunity to further my managerial career at Drogheda United. I am 100% committed to bringing the club forward to challenge at the highest level.

Horgan hopes that he can help the club integrate better in the local community, thereby increasing attendances at Hunky Dorys Park. "I believe that strong interaction and cooperation between all the teams involved in the club is key to a successful future and my plans involve working closely with those who look after the under 19s, under 18s and Drogheda Boys so that we continue to develop young local talent and that young people see a progression for themselves within the club," Horgan revealed.

"I am a firm believer that sport should be at the heart of every community and I will be working alongside the board and staff to promote Drogheda United as an important community asset that brings people of all ages and creeds together in a positive way every Friday night."