Ireland’s oldest club has had an interesting few months, to put it mildly.
From being unable to pay its amateur players so much as travel expenses last June and barely keeping the proverbial ship afloat through to the end of the season, Athlone Town have assumed an all new look in 2017.
A cosmopolitan blend of coaches, officials and players have appeared at the Midlands club and they sprung a big surprise by defeating First Division favourites Waterford on the first day of the season.
However, there appears to be a small bit of confusion as to who is running what at the club.
According to a report in the Irish Sun, both Ricardo Monsanto and Colin Fortune believe themselves to be the manager of the team.
“Colin Fortune was manager last season. This season, I’m here to manage the football team and I bring my technical team,” Monsanto told the newspaper.
“He is a good guy but he isn’t manager of the team.”
Whatever is happening at the club seems to be working though, with two wins from their opening two games.
Athlone return to action on Friday, March 10 when they host local rivals Longford Town in the ‘Midlands Clasico’.
Read the full report in the Irish Sun here.