Steve Feeney agrees 3-year deal as Women’s Manager

Sligo Rovers are thrilled to announce that Women’s Senior Team Manager Steve Feeney has extended his deal with the club which will see him remain as Womens Team Manager until at least the end of the 2025 Womens National League Season.

Feeney was appointed as Womens Senior Team Manager twelve months ago and has steered his side to an 8th place finish in our first season at Womens National League level.

At the time of his appointment, Rovers participation in the League was only just confirmed therefore, Feeney has work to do to compile his squad before the start of the season in early March.

Pre-Season began just a few weeks later and the former Bit O’ Red player quickly assembled a squad and built a strong identity and playing style and a close-knit group of players and staff which shone throughout the season.

With the Womens game growing and the introduction of professional contracts becoming an option for clubs for the first time this is an important step for the club to secure Feeney as Head of Womens football at the club as First-Team Manager.

CEO Colin Feehily:

‘’Steve has been a breath of fresh air around the place since he was appointed Womens Team Manager last year.

‘’The team was assembled quickly last season and they really were a credit to the club throughout the 2022 season both on and off the pitch.

‘’There were some memorable moments such as their first win down in Cork to their wins over Wexford and Shelbourne at The Showgrounds and I think it’s only just the start of things here at the club as we have two good Academy teams at Under 17 and 19 level and Steve has no problems introducing these players into the Senior team like he has done already.

‘’The Womens game is very important to us here and securing Steve on a long-term deal is a vital part that’’.

Feeney will bring his squad back for pre-season training in January ahead of their second Womens National League campaign.

Fixtures are due out in the next couple of weeks as excitement builds for the 2023 season.

Feeney is delighted to remain as Bit O’ Red Manager long-term:

‘’I’m delighted to commit to this club and this team long-term. I appreciated the club giving me a chance to be Manager last season and, I am very grateful that they would like me to continue to build on the work that took place last season.

‘’This is a long-term plan and it will take time to grow, but we all want to push forward and see Sligo Rovers competing with the best. 

‘’Last season was a fantastic experience for all of us involved with the team, we learned a lot, we had some really good moments and some really difficult moments throughout the season but, it was fantastic to have such wonderful support from the Rovers fans throughout all those moments.

‘’The players have become great role models for any young girl who dreams of playing football. We want to help grow women’s football in the area and anyone who has watched the National League or the national team will know the talent there is on show and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t got out to watch our team yet to do so next season’’.