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Brian Kerr Believes Damien Duff Is Taking A 'Risk' With Managerial Move

Brian Kerr Believes Damien Duff Is Taking A 'Risk' With Managerial Move

Brian Kerr believes that Damien Duff is taking a risk by taking the Shelbourne manager's job. The 42-year-old was appointed as successor to Ian Morris on Wednesday.

Kerr knows Duff well, having managed him at underage and senior level with Ireland.

"He has a deep knowledge of the game," Kerr told Virgin Media.

"He's the most technical player that probably ever played for Ireland in terms of his ability in the attacking part of the field.

"He would have learned from a lot of coaches a long the way. He served a good apprenticeship. He's been coaching at youth level. He was at Shamrock Rovers for a while, and he worked with the first team, and his spell at Celtic with Neil Lennon went very well.


7 April 1999; Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr speaking with Damien Duff after the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship Group C Round 2 match between Saudi Arabia and Republic of Ireland at the Liberty Stadium in Ibadan, Nigeria. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

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"His family wanted to come home [from Scotland], he wanted to come home. I don't think he wants to go back and work outside Ireland, certainly in the short-term. Yet he wants to stay involved in the game.

"He's always been good to take on a challenge. He's taken risks. There's a risk for him in doing this. I think he's the highest profile person ever to come back and get involved in Irish football since Johnny Giles came back to Rovers. At that time, it was a major thing when Giles came back from West Brom.

"It's a great signing for Shelbourne. It won't be for lack of graft and effort [if he fails]. He's a great, hard worker, with great enthusiasm, which is the most important thing starting out."

Brian Kerr on Damien Duff Shelbourne appointment

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