Derry City appoints Alan Reynolds as deputy manager

The Waterford native, who was Stephen Kenny’s number two in 2008, joins the behind-the-scenes team at Candy Stripes as an assistant to Ruaidhri Higgins.

The 47-year-old had been at Shelbourne last season, dividing his time there and the FAI where his development role was to assist the Irish Under-21 team.

Reynolds can’t wait to get started and is excited about the upcoming campaign, which he thinks everyone needs to embrace.

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Derry City manager Ruaidhri Higgins with his new assistant Alan Reynolds. Photo by Kevin Morrison / Images and video from the event

“I really enjoyed my stay here in 2008 and 2009. Sometimes I felt like it was an unfinished business that I would end up here at some point due to the relationship I had with some of the people here, ”he explained.

“I am delighted to be here, it is a new challenge and a lot is expected of us, but we will accept it and enjoy it.”

For Higgins, he’s thrilled to have his man and believes the former Waterford boss will improve his back room.

“Alan is a fantastic coach and it’s important for me to have someone of his quality and experience here,” said the Derry boss.

“He knows the league inside out and will have the confidence of the players, which is essential. He’s 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 look forward to doing it again in the weeks to come.”

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