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Search on for new Derry boss after Kenny Shiels sacked



Exit door: Kenny Shiels has been sacked by Derry City

Exit door: Kenny Shiels has been sacked by Derry City

Exit door: Kenny Shiels has been sacked by Derry City

Not for the first time, Derry City need to rip it up and start again.

The Brandywell men decided to sack Kenny Shiels as manager and the search is now well under way.

After a board meeting on Saturday morning it's believed that club chairman Philip O'Doherty informed Shiels that his time was up.

It's believed that Northern Ireland under-21 manager Ian Baraclough has emerged as an early contender to fill the hot seat.

Baraclough has already had success in the League of Ireland with Sligo Rovers, but it's believed that he's very close to signing a new deal to stay on as under-21 boss.

Former Derry boss Declan Devine has also been mentioned in a return to his home town club.

Currently a performance coach with the IFA, Devine is thought to be interested in getting back into the full-time management side of the game, while ex-Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle, whose contract wasn't renewed at Sligo Rovers, would relish to get back into the management game quickly.

Ex-Donegal GAA manager Jim McGuinness, who only a few months ago was believed to be in the running for the Galway United job, may also be in the reckoning.

Derry's Irish League neighbours Institute are having a good season on their return to the Premier Division and their manager Paddy McLaughlin - who also dawned the Candystripes jersey as a player - certainly would be a contender. However, he does not have the necessary coaching badges needed to manage a League of Ireland club.

Shiels' three-year rein in truth had effectively come to an end after Friday night's 5-0 drubbing at St Patrick's Athletic.

After having two fantastic seasons as gaffer, where Shiels guided Derry to secure Europa League football, he also had to guide his squad through a terrible period, probably the most tragic thing to happen to the club, after skipper Ryan McBride died last year.

Unfortunately the 2018 campaign has been horrendous and his recruitment, especially this season, has been another major factor in his departure.

Since May, Derry have only picked up 16 points from a possible 69 on offer and they suffered 17 defeats in 23 games.

The only plus point during that period was Derry winning the EA Sports Cup, their first piece of silverware in six years, but it was his side's lack of defending all season which didn't help matters as they conceded 70 league goals.

The writing was always on the wall for Shiels when crowds at the recently named Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium started to dwindle and the small loyal number that remained were starting to call for the manager's head.

Belfast Telegraph