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Good business by Derry as Shiels signs on for two more years

The 61-year-old has guided the Candystripes to back-to-back top four finishes.

Derry finished fourth in the Premier Division last term.
Derry finished fourth in the Premier Division last term.
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AFTER GUIDING DERRY City to a second consecutive top four finish, Kenny Shiels has today committed his future to the club.

The 61-year-old has signed a new two-year contract extension at the Brandywell which will see him remain in charge of the Candystripes until the end of the 2019 season.

Shiels, who took over the reins from Peter Hutton in November 2015, will lead Derry into Europe again next season after they finished fourth in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division this term.

“I am delighted that the chairman has shown faith in me,” he said.

“When someone shows faith in me it makes me want to go out and work all the harder to bring success to the club.”

A point at Turner’s Cross earlier in the month secured back-to-back top four finishes for Derry under Shiels’ stewardship with two games of the campaign remaining.

Today’s announcement represents excellent news for the club, who endured a difficult year following the passing of captain Ryan McBride, with Shiels paying an emotional tribute to his players’ bravery in the wake of the tragedy.

Next season will also mark City’s return to their Brandywell home after its redevelopment into a new 3,700 capacity venue.

It is scheduled to be completed by Christmas and ready for the start of the 2018 season on 16 February.

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