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Shamrock Rovers confirm their head coach for next season

Stephen Bradley returns on a permanent basis having held the position as caretaker for the second half of last term.

Stephen Bradley.
Stephen Bradley.
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SHAMROCK ROVERS HAVE announced Stephen Bradley as their head coach for next season.

The 31-year-old took over on a caretaker basis after Pat Fenlon’s departure in July with Glen Cronin, Stephen McPhail and Damien Duff named as coaches.

Sami Ristila then came on board the following month as Bradley didn’t possess the Uefa Pro Licence required by FAI rules to manage the club on a permanent basis.

The Hoops finished fourth in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division and former midfielder Bradley, who will sit his Pro Licence with the FAI over an 18-month period starting next month, suggested in his programme notes at the end of the season that it would be his last involvement with the first team.

However, the club has released a statement this afternoon to confirm that he will be in charge at the start of the 2017 campaign.

“I am very honoured to accept the position of head coach at Shamrock Rovers FC,” said Bradley.

“We have a huge amount of work to do but preparations for next season are already well under way and we will work night and day to make sure the team is ready to compete for honours come March.”

Hoops sporting director Stephen McPhail added: “I am delighted to announce Stephen Bradley as the new Head Coach of Shamrock Rovers FC.

Last season Stephen took on the role of interim manager. During his period in charge I witnessed first-hand his ability operating in a difficult and challenging environment.

In my opinion, he is one of the best young coaches that I’ve seen during my time in football and he is absolutely the right man to lead the first team forward at this point in time.”

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