Alan Reynolds named new assistant manager at Derry City

Alan Reynolds has been unveiled as Derry City’s new assistant manager.

The 47-year-old was at Shelbourne last season, splitting his time between there and the FAI where his development role was helping the National Under-21 team.

Reynolds already had a spell at the club in 2008-9 under Stephen Kenny and he admitted he felt he had unfinished business at Brandywell.

“I don’t know if I ever thought I would come back here, but it’s a club I have a good affinity with,” he said. “I really enjoyed my time here in 2008 and 2009. Sometimes I felt like it was unfinished business that I would end up here at some point due to the relationship I had with some people here I’m delighted to be here, it’s a new challenge and a lot is expected of us, but we’ll accept it and enjoy it.

City boss Ruaidhri Higgins has taken his time choosing his number two and believes he now has the right person for the job.

“Alan is a fantastic coach and it’s important for me to have someone of his quality and experience here,” he said. “He knows the league perfectly and will have the confidence of the players, which is essential. He has been here before, which always helps too, and he will bring a lot of ideas and energy to the club.

“We are comfortable with where we are in our preparations for the new season and we look forward to getting started again in the weeks to come.”

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