Republic of Ireland International Damien Duff is returning to the League of Ireland. This time it will be in an off-field capacity for the 41-year-old. Duff had brief spell in the league as a player with Shamrock Rovers in 2015. He only manged nine league appearances during that time.
Well he is now back involved with Irish football. Duff has accepted an offer to become head coach of Shelbourne’s U17 team.
Its been a busy time of late for Damien Duff. He recently left his coaching role at Celtic to return home to Ireland. The reason been due to family reasons.
The busy schedule is now set to continue. Duff is now set to balance his new role at Shelbourne with his role at national level. Upon returning home Duff accepted a role on Stephen Kenny’s backroom team for the Republic of Ireland senior national team.
The Stephen Kenny era will get started in September. This will be a double header in the Nations League against Bulgaria and Finland. Followed by the huge Euro 2020 playoff semi-final against Slovakia on the 8th of October. With hopefully a play off final to come on the 12th of November between either Bosnia or Northern Ireland.
Duff already has experience at a similar underage level. He was manager of Shamrock Rovers U15 squad for two seasons. Along with a spell on the coaching staff with the Shamrock Rovers first team. He also coached the Republic of Ireland U15 team. All this making him a highly regarded coach in footballing circles.
It was expected he would return to Shamrock Rovers, but Shelbourne will be delighted to have his services.
Damien Duff is expected to start immediately. His Shelbourne U17 side are expected back training Monday the 29th of June. However as of now like every other club at any League of Ireland level they are waiting on a date for fixtures to return.
We wish Damien Duff the best of luck in his new role. An Irish football legend who was capped 100 times for Ireland.