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Kenny Shiels among big names in the mix for Stute job

New challenge: Kenny Shiels is the new NI Women's boss
New challenge: Kenny Shiels is the new NI Women's boss

By Steven Beacom

Institute are expecting some big name applications to become their new manager with Kenny Shiels, Barry Gray, Sean Friars, Ivan Sproule and John Quigg all already linked to the vacant post.

Earlier in the week, the Londonderry outfit invited expressions of interest from coaches with a Uefa A or Pro Licence to take over as boss. What is certain is that the new man at the helm will be in charge of a Premiership side who will again be playing home matches at Derry City's Brandywell stadium next term.

While the club have decided against applying for a European licence, interim boss Kevin Doherty will be keen to end the campaign on a high with seventh place the target for Institute who host Warrenpoint Town today.

Doherty has done a sterling job having been handed the reins following the departure of Paddy McLaughlin to Cliftonville.

He may apply for the job full-time should his work commitments as a Regional Grassroots Development officer with the IFA allow.

Warrenpoint enter the game on the back of two huge disappointments. On Tuesday night they lost the Mid-Ulster Cup final at Glenavon 4-3 and a few days before they suffered a crushing penalty shoot-out loss to Championship side Ballinamallard in the Irish Cup semi-final.

Gifted Town youngster Matthew Lynch was the unfortunate man to miss in the shoot-out.

Warrenpoint boss Stephen McDonnell said: "Matty is a young lad and a great player and can kick on and use it as a learning experience."

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