Bohemians part company with Declan Devine

Declan Devine

Declan Devine Credit: Martin Doherty (ETPhotos)

Bohemians have announced that they have parted company with manager Declan Devine just four games into the 2024 Premier Division season.

Bohs have endured a difficult start this term despite winning away to St Patrick’s Athletic, but an opening night draw at home to Sligo Rovers as well as two defeats in a week away to Drogheda and at home to Shelbourne on Friday have prompted the board to make a change.

Devine joined last season and oversaw a rapid start to the 2023 season, with Bohemians sitting top of the league after seven games, but a downturn in form saw them finish outside the top-4 and miss out on a European place on the final night of the league.

Despite going a goal up in November’s FAI Cup Final, Bohs lost 3-1 to St Pat’s and saw another opportunity to qualify for Europe go amiss.

Bohemian FC released a statement confirming the news while also announcing that Gary Cronin has left his role as assistant manager.

“The Board of Bohemian FC wish to put on record our thanks to Declan for the commitment, determination and enthusiasm he brought to the club since being appointed to the role in October 2022.

“He oversaw the club’s transition back to full-time football and his efforts saw Bohs reach the FAI Cup final and narrowly miss out on qualification for Europe through the league last season.

“The club has also parted ways with assistant manager Gary Cronin, and the board also wish to thank him for his efforts since his appointment in November 2022."

Director of Football Pat Fenlon will take charge of the team on an interim basis, assisted by first-team coach Derek Pender.