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Waterford appoint former QPR and Millwall player as new boss

Marc Bircham has been named as the permanent successor to Kevin Sheedy.

Marc Bircham (file pic).
Marc Bircham (file pic).
Image: Steven Paston

WATERFORD HAVE confirmed the appointment of Marc Bircham as their new manager.

The 42-year-old had a 13-year career playing at senior level in English football, lining out for Millwall, QPR and Yeovil during that period.

He was born in London, but represented Canada as a player, making 13 appearances at international level between 1999 and 2004.

Since retiring, his career has included stints as an assistant manager and first-team coach at QPR, Millwall, Chicago Fire and Arizona United.

Aside from briefly being caretaker boss of QPR in 2009, the Waterford role is his first as a manager at senior level.

He faces a difficult task with the club currently bottom of the table, having picked up just six points from their opening 10 games — a run of form that cost the previous manager Kevin Sheedy his job, with the Everton legend having only taken up the reins prior to the start of the campaign.

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A recent Covid case resulted in the club having to play their U19s side amid a 7-0 defeat by Drogheda on Saturday, while it was announced yesterday that they had opted to forfeit their upcoming game against Sligo Rovers.

Part of a Waterford statement released this evening read: “Currently, Marc is addressing the senior team via Zoom having arrived in Ireland and is isolating as per Covid-19 protocols. It is hoped that Marc will be clear to commence training early next week and Covid-19 tests pending, should be in the dugout for our home game against Derry City FC at the RSC on Friday the 21st of May.”

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