Declan Devine appointed new Derry City manager

Derry City have appointed Declan Devine as the club's new manager.

Devine, who was assistant to previous boss Stephen Kenny, has agreed a two-deal as has Paul Hegarty who will be his assistant.

Devine, Derry keeper when they lost the 1997 FAI Cup final, beat off Willie McStay to land the post.

The new manager must move quickly to organise his playing resources for this season with Eamon Zayed the latest departure from the club.

Last season's Airtricity League players' player of the year was out of contract and quit the club over the Christmas period to join Iranian outfit Persepolis Tehran.

The Libyan international scored 24 goals last season and his departure was another blow for the Candystripes.

Defender Stewart Greacen and Gareth McGlynn had already left the Brandywell with the Scottish defender signing for Glentoran and the Donegal man heading to Australia.

Devine began working with Kenny in 2004 during the Dubliner's first spell in charge and also went to Dunfermline with him in 2006.

Stockport County assistant Willie McStay held talks with the club on Tuesday while ex-Sligo Rovers and Bohemians boss Sean Connor was also interviewed for the job along with former Institute and Finn Harps manager Hegarty.

McStay was manager at Sligo Rovers when they won a treble in 1993 and was also a reserve and youth coach at Celtic.

Jim Magilton and current Sligo boss Paul Cook had ruled themselves out of the running to take over from Kenny, who resigned to take over at Shamrock Rovers.

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