Jeff Kenna has taken the position vacated by Johnny McDonnell at St Patrrick’s Athletic, just a month after committing to Galway United for another season.
His assistant at Terryland Park, Ian Foster, has been named as his replacement and has already signed a two-year contract and his first player, as Galway look to carry on regardless.
Kenna has been given a season-long contract and will be unveiled by Pat's at a press conference on Friday afternoon.
While Galway expressed ‘disappointment’ at the news, little time was wasted in giving Foster a deal until the end of the 2010 season. The new man has already brought midfielder Derek O'Brien back to Terryland Park from Pat's.
At Richmond Park, chief executive Richard Sadlier said Kenna "brings a great deal of football experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to the role and everyone at the club is looking forward to working with him over the coming season.”
Kenna added: "Next season is a big challenge for Pat's but it's a big challenge for every other club in the league as well so I'm looking forward to it.
"I've already seen most of the Pat's players in action so it will be good to start working with them on the training pitch.
"Before I joined Kidderminster in 2006 I nearly signed for Pat's, I even had talks with the club chairman so I am delighted now to be handed the chance of managing the side.”