Report: Former Celtic coach Damien Duff to be announced as Shelbourne boss tomorrow
Former Celtic coach Damien Duff is expected to be named as the new Shelbourne manager tomorrow, according to the Irish Independent.
The report states that Duff originally rejected the job. However, after being asked to reconsider over the weekend, it’s stated that he’s now finally accepted the gig. This comes after previously managing the club’s U-17 side.
The Independent claim that Duff wasn’t overly keen on managing at League of Ireland level. It’s said that he wanted assurances of authority and the backing to make the role a success.
Duff of course spent time at Parkhead during the Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon eras. The Ireland legend arrived in Glasgow as a reserve team coach back in 2019. However, after Rodgers departed, he was bumped up to first-team coach.
During that period, the Irishman managed to strike a real connection with the Celtic support, who were hugely impressed with what he had to offer as well as his enthusiasm for the football club.
His role with Shelbourne will be his first as a number 1.
Damien Duff ready to be his own man as Shelbourne gig closes in
Duff has been managing the club’s U-17 side since June 2020. He also spent a spell with the Republic of Ireland national team set-up before stepping down as assistant to Stephen Kenny back in January.
Duff has continued to be lauded for his time in Glasgow. The former Chelsea and Fulham star would label the gig at his most enjoyable in his sporting career [Celtic FC]. High praise indeed given he’s a former EPL winner.
And it would hardly be a surprise to see Duff back at Celtic Park again one day. He’s already been a reserve team and a first-team coach at Parkhead. If things go swimmingly in the next few years, a return as Celtic manager will likely be high on the list for his dream job.
Of course, the gap between Shelbourne and Celtic is a meaty one. It’s likely one of the seasons Duff was so hesitant about managing at League of Ireland level. It’s a long way to the top from that kind of position.
But he was never one to shirk a challenge. He already has vast coaching experience in a number of roles. Fingers crossed he can make a success of his first managerial gig.
So long as it does indeed get announced, of course.