Keith Long departed Bohemians after eight years of service on Tuesday evening.
Long took over from Owen Heary as manager in Phibsborough in November 2014, and has remained in the job ever since.
Off the back of success in the Europa Conference League qualifiers and a run to the FAI Cup final last season, the side have struggled in the league this time around, and lie in sixth place with just nine games left.
The poor run of form has forced Keith Long out and, on Wednesday, the popular manager posted a heartfelt farewell to the club on LinkedIn.
Keith Long says goodbye to Bohemians
Bohemians confirmed Keith Long's departure on Tuesday night, after a 3-1 home defeat to St. Patrick's Athletic on Monday that, in truth, flattered the hosts.
It is with regret that Bohemian FC has today parted company with men's first team manager Keith Long: https://t.co/ElRyhMZGJP
❤️🖤 Keith showed a loyalty to our club that is rare in football, and he can call himself a true Bohemian. pic.twitter.com/5WG7LuenZq
— Bohemian Football Club (@bfcdublin) August 30, 2022
Despite the inconsistency and struggles this season, Long remains a popular figure at Dalymount, and his affection for the club is clear from his farewell post.
In a message on LinkedIn, Long said:
I leave the Bohemian Football Club and as I move on I do so with a sense of great pride.
It has been 8 fantastic years of growth and I feel very proud to have been part of the journey that the club have undertaken during my tenure.
I hope I have added value along the way and created some lasting memories for everyone involved at the club.
I have worked alongside some amazing people and without them what we achieved would not have been possible. I will be eternally grateful to my backroom staff and players (past & present) who have contributed and sacrificed so much in our efforts to bring success to a great football club. I wish the team and club every success as they move forward.
Finally I would like to thank all the Bohemian supporters for their support. We created a players and supporters together culture at the club and for many years we experienced some great moments.
Bohemian FC I will forever be in your debt. Thank you.
The hunt for a new manager at Dalymount begins with the departure of Keith Long as boss. Trevor Croly and Derek Pender will take temporary charge while the club attempts to find a new boss.
It is now 14 years since Bohs were champions of Ireland, and 13 years since the club's last trophy.