Higgins takes up Derry City role

Apr 23, 2021 11:04 By Dave Hooper
Higgins takes up Derry City role Higgins takes up Derry City role
26 March 2021; Manager Stephen Kenny, left, and Ruaidhri Higgins, chief scout and opposition analyst, during a Republic of Ireland training session at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
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Stephen Kenny loses another member of his Republic of Ireland backroom team as Ruaidhri Higgins becomes Derry City boss.

Ruaidhri Higgins has taken offer as manager of Derry City, leaving Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland backroom team.

Higgins has signed a three and a half year deal to replace Declan Devine as manager of the Candystripes.

Derry City have thanked the FAI for permission to speak to Higgins who was chief opposition scout for Kenny’s Ireland.


“I want to wish Ruaidhri the best of luck managing Derry City” declared Ireland manager Stephen Kenny.

“He has a very bright future in the game and he'll be delighted to manage his hometown club that he played with for nine seasons, and we wish him well."

FAI Chief Executive Jonathan Hill added: “Ruaidhri is a very proud Derry man and a former player with the club so this is the one job in football he couldn’t refuse. We wish him the best of luck with the new position and thank him for his services to the senior Ireland team.”


“On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Ruaidhri for his time with us” added Gerry McAnaney, FAI President.

“A valued member of Stephen’s backroom team, I have no doubt he will enjoy this new job with Derry City and I wish them great success together.”

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