Popular Cobh Ramblers boss, Stephen Henderson last night detailed the stresses he felt led up to a dramatic decision to resign as manager of the County Cork club before been persuaded to stay in a much-welcomed change of heart.
The former Waterford United chief, who was speaking to Between the Stripes LOI podcast on their Series 2-Episode 14 ‘Managers Special’ revealed an admission that he had allowed off-field frustrations to affect his young “Rams” side on the field of play.
“It was a difficult few weeks for us, it was an accumulation of things. At the start of the season we played eleven games, nine of those came away from home and that was a taxing resource on us.” We weren’t compensated for that and it all became very stressful.”
“At the start of the season we were working on our five-year plan with the FAI, at times it felt like we couldn’t put together a five-month plan let along a five-year one.”
Such financial pressure on the club, where Henderson’s wife is treasurer, clearly took its toll and resulted in the managers resignation before a meeting with the clubs hierarchy encouraged “Hendo”, as he is affectionately known, to stick with the second-tier outfit, whom he has a contract until the 2020 season with.
Since Henderson’s much welcomed change of heart and an admission he never wanted to leave the club in the first place, Cobh’s form has picked up dramatically in recent weeks with the “Rams” unbeaten in four of their last six fixtures across all competitions. With the carrot of an EA Sports Cup semi-final at home to a lucrative Dundalk side, Henderson made reference to his intention to strengthen his young squad with some experienced local players in the coming weeks.
For more information on Cobh’s potential new signings, check out Series 2-Episode 14 of Between the Stripes LOI Podcast using the Audioboom player below or alternatively, listen & subscribe to the show via Itunes.
Piece by Kieran Burke