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Football | Fran Rockett takes reins at Waterford FC

Following the departure of John Sheridan to English League One club Wigan Athletic, Waterford FC have announced that Fran Rockett will take charge of first team duties until the end of the season, and will be assisted by David Breen, a former Waterford player and coach who rejoins the club following a spell at Wexford FC.

Rockett has earned his chance, following spells assisting both Sheridan and his predecessor Alan Reynolds, who was with the club for three years but whose relationship with club owner Lee Power broke down.

A statement was made on the clubs official website today, stating: "Waterford FC is delighted to announce that Fran Rockett will handle first-team affairs for the remainder of the season. Fran will be assisted by formers Blues player and coach David Breen who returns to the club from Wexford FC."

Rockett's first task will be to pick his team up after a demoralising 6-1 defeat to Waterford on Monday night in Tallaght against Shamrock Rovers, as his side face Sligo Rovers at home on Saturday evening in a 5 o'clock kick-off.

Sheridan had left the club in a decent position with a 2-0 defeat at Bohemians in Dalymount Park in his last match in charge, but the Rovers defeat illustrated defensive frailties that Rockett will want to eradicate as a new era gets under way.

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