Derry City make Irish U-21 manager Alan Reynolds assistant manager in statement of intent for next season

Derry City have made another statement of intent ahead of next season by signing Ireland Under-21 manager Alan Reynolds as assistant manager.

City boss Ruaidhri Higgins has made some high-profile signings, with the capture of Dundalk trio Patrick McEleney, Michael Duffy and Will Patching, as well as the return of defender Shane McEleney.

Since the end of the season, Raff Cretaro had resigned from his coaching role and now Derry has managed to persuade Reynolds to return to Brandywell, where he had previously worked as assistant manager.

“He knows the league inside out and will have the confidence of the players, which is key,” Higgins said.

“He’s been here before, which always helps too, and he’ll bring a lot of ideas and energy to the club. We’re comfortable with where we are in our preparations for the new season and we’re looking forward to it. start again in the coming weeks.”

Reynolds (47) last worked as a full manager with Waterford and since leaving his hometown club in 2020 has coached with Dundalk and Shelbourne and been on Jim Crawford’s staff with the Irish U-21s. He will continue his role with the U-21s.

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