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Kenny and Dean Shiels celebrate Kilmarnock’s Scottish League Cup success over Celtic in 2012

Kenny and Dean Shiels celebrate Kilmarnock’s Scottish League Cup success over Celtic in 2012

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Kenny Shiels takes it all in before Northern Ireland’s Women’s match against England

Kenny Shiels takes it all in before Northern Ireland’s Women’s match against England

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Kenny Shiels is unveiled as Ballymena United boss back in 2001

Kenny Shiels is unveiled as Ballymena United boss back in 2001

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Kenny and Dean Shiels celebrate Kilmarnock’s Scottish League Cup success over Celtic in 2012

Kenny Shiels leaves home in Maghera at 7am every day to drive to Belfast to coach the Northern Ireland women’s team buoyed by the knowledge this is his FIFTH decade in management.

He started out 36 years ago in the 1980s and has been a boss in the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s. Shiels tells me his dream is to reach 50 years as manager. That would take him through to 2036 when he would be 79. With Kenny it is wise never to rule anything out. Even Tom Cruise doesn’t do Mission Impossible like this guy.


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