Former Liverpool and Shelbourne player Kevin Doherty has today been announced as successor to Johnny McDonnell who recently took up the first-team manager role at Drogheda United.
Shels’ assistant manager last season Doherty takes over as first team boss following a solid season in the First Division in which Shels finished ahead of Galway but couldn’t make their way past Tommy Dunne’s men in the end-of-season play-off which sees UCD drop down and Galway compete in the top flight in 2015.
Lessons should be learnt ahead of next season, and Doherty’s main aim will surely be going one better next season and winning the First Division.
Doherty has vast playing experience in the League of Ireland having lined out for Waterford United, Longford Town, Shelbourne and Bray Wanderers in the past.
The 34-year-old knows the club well from his playing days but Shels’ official website also points out that he was manager of Shelbourne’s under 19s and subsequently part of Alan Matthews’ backroom team as well as being assistant to McDonnell since the former Shels boss took over in 2013.
His natural progression through the club and his knowledge of what needs to be improved on for next season from being so close to this current group of players will stand to Doherty ahead of the 2015 campaign. However, coming in as a young and inexperienced first-team manager at this level will certainly be a test.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena