Stephen Bradley has been officially named as the new Shamrock Rovers Head Coach for the 2017 season.
Bradley was put in the managers role at Shamrock Rovers in July 2016 after Pat Fenlon left the club, but due to lack of coaching badges could only manage the club for 90 days.
The Dubliner was still the man at the helm essentially, but the club had to put Sami Ristila as acting manager for the remainder of the season as he had the relevant coaching qualifications needed to manager a League of Ireland club.
It was announced this week that Bradley has been put on the list by the FAI to complete the Uefa Pro Licence course.
Shamrock Rovers have put their faith in a young coach but Bradley obviously has an eye for talent as he is currently employed by Arsene Wenger as a scout for Arsenal, and with Rovers apparently offering 52 week deals to players this season, he will have an advantage over other clubs when it comes to signing top players in the league.
Speaking to Shamrock Rovers website, Stephen McPhail (Sporting Director) said this;
“I am delighted to announce Stephen Bradley as the new Head Coach of Shamrock Rovers F.C.
Last season Stephen took on the role of interim manager. During his period in charge I witnessed first-hand his ability operating in a difficult and challenging environment.
In my opinion, he is one of the best young coaches that I’ve seen during my time in football and he is absolutely the right man to lead the first team forward at this point in time.”
Bradley also spoke about his delight of the new role;
“I am very honoured to accept the position of Head Coach at Shamrock Rovers F.C.. We have a huge amount of work to do but preparations for next season are already well under way and we will work night and day to make sure the team is ready to compete for honours come March.”
The club are to hold a media event on the 18th November where McPhail and Bradley will be available for questions.
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