Paul Hegarty returns to Derry City

Paul Hegarty

Paul Hegarty Credit: Clare McCahill (ETPhotos)

The Donegal man has joined Ruaidhri Higgins backroom staff ahead of the new season.

Derry City have announced that Paul Hegarty has returned to the club as assistant manager. The 56-year-old enjoyed a successful playing career at the Candystripes having been a member of the treble winning squad.

Manager Ruaidhri was delighted that Hegarty has joined his backroom team, after the departure of former assistant manager Paddy McLaughlin who left the club last week.

“I’m delighted to be working with Paul and he’ll bring a wealth of experience to our group”, said the Derry City boss.

“I know from previous experience that he brings an unbelievable work ethic and knowledge of this league and its players.

“Paul will be of great support to me going forward and this is a club that has always been very close to his heart.

“He brings real intelligence to his work and I’m looking forward to tapping into that.

“He has enjoyed success here in the past, both as a player, and then as assistant to Stephen Kenny, and we’ll do everything in our power to bring more in the future.”

Hegarty on his return to Derry said, “I’m delighted to be back and I’m fairly sure everybody knows what this club means to me.

“I’m here to do whatever I can to help Ruaidhri and the players and it’s a challenge I’m really looking forward to.”

Derry City begin their campaign with a home game against Drogheda United on February 16th.

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