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SHELBOURNE have handed ex-Reds player Kevin Doherty a chance in management as the 34-year-old has been named as the new first team boss at Tolka Park.
Shels, who missed out on promotion back to the top flight for next season, had been looking for a new manager in the wake of John McDonnell's decision to quit and take over at Drogheda United. Doherty, who was forced to retire as a player in 2010, had been on the coaching staff with Shels as U19 team manager and assistant manager with the first team but the Reds board have now decided to put their trust in the former Liverpool trainee, making him the youngest manager in the club's history.
Doherty had spells as a player with Waterford United, Longford Town and Bray Wanderers but he enjoyed most success at Shels, winning three league titles.
"We are delighted to now have Kevin on board as first team Manager and to put his skills to the test in the difficult surroundings of the First Division," the club said in a statement today.
"Kevin's enthusiasm and love for Shelbourne Football Club shines through like a beacon and is infectious at all levels of the Club," the statement added.