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Ian Morris appointed as Waterford manager

The Blues were relegated to the First Division after losing to UCD in the promotion/relegation play-off final. 

Ian Morris appointed as Waterf...

Ian Morris appointed as Waterford manager

Waterford have appointed Ian Morris as their new manager. 

The former Shelbourne boss - who left Tolka Park at the end of the season - arrives at the RSC after a controversial finish to last season.

The Blues were relegated to the First Division after losing to UCD in the promotion/relegation play-off final.

That result followed the sacking of manager Marc Bircham just days beforehand. 

Morris himself left Shelbourne having won manager of the season after they claimed the First Division title.

"I’m absolutely delighted," he said.

"I’ve done a lot of background work since I got the call. I spoke to the owner and the chairman, and we’ve had numerous calls and meetings over the last few days.

"We really got to the core of everything, there was no stone left unturned about the club and its running. Everything has been really positive from them so we’re starting off in the right way.

“I’m here to build and I’m here to bring success. I’m really driven and I’m going to give everything I can to the club.

“I’m working on tying down the players we want to keep, getting straight into recruitment, and speaking to players so it’s a case of who our targets are and who we can identify to get the best possible squad to get the club back up.

"That’s the aim, that’s the goal and that’s what I’m coming in for.”

Morris added that he was impressed by the club's infrastructure locally, and how that will help him in his new role.

“I’ve done my homework on the club and the facilities are one of the best in the country.

"I’ve spoken to a lot of players and ex-managers to see what they had to say about it; the fans, the stadium, the atmosphere that’s created when the club is doing well – I know once the city gets behind the team it can be an absolute fortress and that’s a massive draw for me."

“The ambition is there from the owner and at board level and they want to drive forward and get the club really flying in the right direction.”

Waterford will begin the new season away to Athlone Town in February.

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