Damien Duff and coaching team sign long-term contracts with Shelbourne

Shelbourne boss Damien Duff

Shelbourne boss Damien Duff Credit: Martin Doherty (ETPhotos)

Shelbourne have announced that manager Damien Duff, along with key members of his coaching staff, have signed new long-term contracts with the club. 

Joining Duff in extending their tenure are assistant manager Joey O’Brien, first team coach David McAllister, strength and conditioning coach Mauro Martins, and goalkeeping coach Paul Skinner. 

Duff, who took charge in November 2021, has been instrumental in the club’s recent resurgence.

Under his guidance, Shelbourne stabilised in the Premier Division, finishing 7th in his debut season and reaching the FAI Cup final for the first time since 2011. The following year, Duff led the team to a 4th place finish, securing European competition for the first time in 18 years.

Reflecting on his renewed commitment, Duff stated, “The players, the staff and the club are always in my heart and in my head. Time to rise again.”

Assistant manager Joey O’Brien expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “Re-signing with Shelbourne is a proud moment for me. The growth in this team is clear for everyone to see, and it has been a pleasure to watch it from the inside. What’s most exciting is what we can do next.”

Strength and conditioning coach Mauro Martins shared similar sentiments: “Signing a new long-term contract with Shelbourne is an exciting step. Shelbourne is the only club I represented in Ireland, and I feel a special connection to the club and Tolka Park.”

Technical director Luke Byrne emphasised the importance of these extensions: “It’s absolutely amazing news for everybody connected with the club that Damien and his coaching staff have signed new long-term deals with Shelbourne. Damien has given his life to this club, his players and our fans since the day he walked through the door.”

Shelbourne FC CEO Barry Mocke added, “We are thrilled to have Damien Duff and his coaching staff commit to new long-term contracts. Damien’s dedication, vision, and leadership are invaluable to our club, and we look forward to achieving great things together.”