INSTITUTE: Paul Kee sacked by Institute Board

Paul Kee has been sacked by Institute tonight.
Paul Kee has been sacked by Institute tonight.

HOT on the heels of the curtain falling on the 2014/15 Irish League season, Institute boss, Paul Kee, has been sacked by the Drumahoe club.

Kee, who has failed to secure a win in his last 25 league matches, was informed of the decision following a meeting of the Management Committee in the Riverside Stadium earlier tonight (Monday).

The club released a short statement after the meeting which read: “Following a meeting of Institute Management Committee, it was decided to relieve the manager of his duties now that the season has been completed.

“It is with much regret that we came to this decision and we would like to thank Paul Kee for his efforts and wish him all the best in the future,” said the official club statement.

After what had been a bright start to the club’s return to the Irish League top flight, the loss of key players such as striker Stephen O’Flynn; midfielder, Darren McCauley and goalkeeper, Michael Doherty, caused no shortage of problems following the January Transfer Window.

In fact, the men from the Riverside Stadium have failed to record a league victory since last October when defeating Warrenpoint Town 1-0 - an amazing run of 25 league matches!

Institute’s annual general meet has now been organised for May 12th at which decisions will be taken on the way forward.

Kee, who succeeded John Gregg four seasons ago, kept the Drumahoe side in Championship One when struggling against relegation before winning the automatic promotion spot to play in the Premier League in the season just ended.

However, after what had been a positive start, Institute finished the season nine points adrift in the Premiership basement position and a swift return to Championship football beckoned.