Devine Appointed Derry Manager

Updated: January 6, 2012

Declan Devine has been appointed the new Derry City manager for the 2012 season according to reports from Derry this afternoon.

Devine, who had previously served as assistant manager to Dubliner Stephen Kenny at both Derry and Dunfermline, has been given a two-year contract with the Candystripes.

It is thought that the top three candidates included former Celtic youth manager Willie McStay as well as former Finn Harps and Institute boss Paul Hegarty, but Devine was deemed most appropriate by the City board.

Paul Hegarty, meanwhile, will take up a role as assistant manager.

Former Derry City and Institute goalkeeper, Devine, will take over the reins at the Brandywell following the departure of Stephen Kenny to Shamrock Rovers and he will look to assemble a strong squad for the coming season.

Indeed in addition to Stephen Kenny, Derry have lost a number of their senior players already this season, with Airtricity League top scorer Eamon Zayed and Scottish centre half Stewart Greacen among the departed.

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