17 Aug 2021
© Lorcan Doherty/INPHO Sean Connor
Institute have parted company with manager Sean Connor after a poor start to the season for the Championship side.
'Stute have lost all three of their opening league games, including five goal defeats to Newry City and Dergview as well as a home loss to Ballyclare Comrades.
The news was announced via a statement on the official club website.
"Institute FC and Sean Connor would like to announce, that following deep and personal discussions with the Institute board, both parties have decided to part ways with immediate effect.
"From his arrival in October 2019, Sean worked hard to keep the club in the Premiership and kept that reality alive up until the season was curtailed due to COVID 19.
"The board at Institute FC would like to place on record our gratitude for the professionalism, and commitment Sean brought to the Club over the past two years. Operating under difficult circumstances and with limited resources he has managed to engender a strong work ethic and high levels of professionalism within the first team squad.
"We are all saddened by this outcome, but believe that the interests of both parties can be best served by trying to move forward with mutual respect and goodwill.  The club wish Sean every success as he considers a number of options in relation to his future career."