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Confirmed: Damien Duff Is The New Shelbourne Manager

Confirmed: Damien Duff Is The New Shelbourne Manager
By PJ Browne
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Shelbourne have confirmed Damien Duff as their new manager.

The former Ireland international succeeds Ian Morris who spent three seasons in the job. Morris led Shels to the First Division title this season.

The club say that Duff takes over "with immediate effect".

Duff was appointed Shelbourne U17 coach in the summer of 2020. At the time, he was also working as part of Stephen Kenny's Ireland backroom team, a role which he took up in April 2020. He resigned from Kenny's staff in January of this year.

Duff previously worked as a first team coach with Celtic for 18 months but left Parkhead in June 2020 due to family commitments.

Shelbourne confirm Damien Duff appointment


12 July 2020; Shelbourne coach Damien Duff speaks to his players prior to the U17 Club Friendly match between Shelbourne and Bray Wanderers at AUL Complex in Clonsaugh, Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

"With our Men’s U17 Men’s National League team having a successful season under his management, Damien has already helped progress young players to our First Team showing the same vision, passion for youth development and ambition our Club has planned," Shelbourne said in a statement.

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Duff said: "I’m delighted to take up the First Team Manager’s position at Shelbourne.

"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.

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"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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