New Derry boss Shiels up for fresh challenge at Brandywell

Kenny Shiels
Kenny Shiels

Former Ballymena United, Coleraine and Kilmarnock boss kenny Shiels is the new manager of League of Ireland outfit Derry City.

Shiels – who was being linked with the vacant managerial post at Glentoran – was confirmed as the new Candystripes chief last night after meeting with club officials.

“Derry City are a fantastic club with great tradition and if you put everything together with the fact that they’re full-time – it makes it so endearing to me,” Shiels said following his appointment.

“If you want to be successful sometimes you have to leave your comfort zone and look to try and expand yourself and I think the challenge of the League of Ireland would be much more demanding on myself.”

Shiels recently returned from Thailand where he had been managing Thai Premier League outfit, BEC Tero Sasana.

The 59-year-old has no shortage of managerial experience having managed in the Irish League and also in Scotland with Greenock Morton and SPL side Kilmarnock.

He also enjoyed a spell as manager of the N. Ireland U17 team.

His first job as new City boss will be to re-sign some of the club’s key players currently out of contract.