In the SSE Airtricity League of Ireland First Division last night, Cobh Ramblers beat Galway United 2-1 at St. Colman’s Park but the surprise of the night came after the final whistle when it was announced that Rams’ manager Stephen Henderson had tendered his resignation yesterday afternoon with last night’s match his final game in charge.
The club’s budget had been reduced this season but it is not currently clear if that was a factor in Henderson’s departure from the club.
Henderson didn’t stay at St. Colman’s Park for his usual media duties last night. The Dubliner comes from a famous family of goalkeepers including brother Wayne who played for the Republic of Ireland senior international team and also son Stephen who currently plays for Nottingham Forest.
Henderson leaves Ramblers having re-established them as a League of Ireland club in his second spell in charge having taken over the club again back in 2015. His greatest achievement as Ramblers manager is widely thought to have been guiding the club to promotion to the League of Ireland Premier Division during his first spell in charge of the club (which lasted from 2004-2008) back in 2007.
The 53 year-old leaves the Rams with the club sitting in seventh place in the League of Ireland First Division table, on 19 points from 17 games, ten points off the promotion play-off places with ten games still to play this season.
The club have said that an interim manager will be appointed in the coming days and that the club will engage in a thorough recruitment process in finding Stephen’s permanent successor.