Ex-Republic of Ireland star Damien Duff has taken on a challenging first full managerial role in the form of newly promoted SSE Airtricity League Premier Division side Shelbourne.
The former Blackburn, Chelsea, Newcastle and Fulham midfielder had been coaching within the Shelbourne FC Academy before his promotion, having gained experience at Shamrock Rovers, Celtic and with the national team.
The 42-year-old called time on his playing career back in 2015 following short spells with Melbourne City and then Shamrock Rovers, joining Celtic as as first-team coach in 2019.
Duff has detailed his passion about youth development in Ireland as one reason for his decision to take on the role, and wanting to give fans of the 126-year-old club more reasons to be proud.
"I'm delighted to take up the First Team Manager's position at Shelbourne," said Duff.
"Having coached and managed our U17 National league team and been around the Club, I can see the plans and ambition in place here and am excited to begin a new chapter of Shelbourne's 126 year history.
"I'm extremely passionate about youth development in Ireland and about Irish football in general and see this as a great opportunity to help build something that both the Club, its fans and myself can be proud of.
"With the club now in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, and the foundations being put in place by the Board and its Directors, I can't wait to start."
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The club's technical and sporting director Alan Caffrey added: "We at Shelbourne Football Club are delighted to have Damien Duff as our new Head Coach.
"His passion, work ethic and knowledge of the game is second to none.
"We look forward to seeing our First Team grow, backed up by the pathway that we hope to provide for our Academy players which Damien has worked in and has a great understanding of the talent within.
"We wish him and his staff the best of luck as we work together to grow Shelbourne Football Club."
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