Colin Murphy stayed for one Super Cup game before departing to Leicester City. In the lurch, the club brought Derek Mountfield in facing a UEFA Cup tie in Lausanne. Mountfield had a turbulent ride in his first managerial appointment, the team lacking consistency, goals and luck. After relative success in preceding seasons crowds again dwindled as the team struggled and the former Everton stalwart was sacked in January, after just six months in charge. Liam Murphy took over and the team embarked on a 13-game unbeaten run than brought an Intertoto ticket and a tenth Munster Cup success.
League of Ireland Premier Division 2000-2001
|5||St. Patrick's Athletic||33||14||11||8||54||41||13||53|
|11||Finn Harps (R)||33||8||12||13||36||46||-10||36|
|12||Kilkenny City (R)||33||1||6||26||14||66||-52||9|