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Kenny Shiels opts for Derry City ahead of Glentoran

By Stuart McKinley

Published 06/11/2015

New Derry boss Kenny Shiels
New Derry boss Kenny Shiels

Kenny Shiels has been appointed as the new manager of Derry City, leaving Glentoran still searching for a successor to Eddie Patterson.

The Glens had hoped to announce the appointment of Shiels today, but they were last night examining other options after the ex-Kilmarnock and Coleraine manager opted instead for the Candystripes.

Former Republic of Ireland international Alan Kernaghan is now the new favourite for the job after he missed out on a post with the Irish FA.

He is unlikely to be appointed before tomorrow's Danske Bank Premiership trip to Ballymena United, but the 48-year-old, who was brought up in Bangor, could be in the dugout for next weekend's meeting with Crusaders.

Shiels has been given the Derry job after caretaker boss Paul Hegarty, who stepped in after Peter Hutton was sacked in September, turned it down.

The 59-year-old, who has been out of work since a spell in Thailand ended in August, just couldn't do the same.

"It is a full-time post and thatmade it too good to turn down," said Shiels.

"It is a massive city, where everyone is a football fanatic. It is a really big club and I believe that I can bring success to the club."

Shiels' appointment at Derry adds another name to the list of those who have pulled out of the race to be Glens boss.

Former defender Gary Smyth was the first to be spoken to, but he doesn't have the necessary qualifications and elected to stay with H&W Welders.

Pat McGibbon, who had been an early favourite as he does have a Uefa Pro Licence, withdrew his application earlier this week.

He had also applied for the Derry City job, but yesterday he was brought onto the backroom staff at Portadown and he could now replace Ronnie McFall next summer.

Shiels: Why I chose Derry, Page 59

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