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Heart Children Ireland, a voluntary support group for those affected by congenital heart disorders (CHD), has announced Damien Duff as their new charity ambassador. Damien is father to a young son, Woody, with a congenital heart disorder

Heart Children Ireland, a voluntary support group for those affected by congenital heart disorders (CHD), has announced Damien Duff as their new charity ambassador. Damien is father to a young son, Woody, with a congenital heart disorder

Heart Children Ireland, a voluntary support group for those affected by congenital heart disorders (CHD), has announced Damien Duff as their new charity ambassador. Damien is father to a young son, Woody, with a congenital heart disorder

FOOTBALLER Damien Duff has no plans to become Ireland manager as it's "too stressful".

The 34-year-old says he plans to return home to Ireland upon his retirement from football – but admits he's worried as to what he will do next.

Speaking to Miriam O'Callaghan on RTE Radio's John Murray show this morning, Duff said he wants his children to grow up in Ireland.

"Elaine [Damien's wife] is from Bray and I'm from Ballyboden. It's where your heart is, it's your home.

"I want my kids to grow up Irish, play with their cousins, it's a no-brainer really.

"I've another year at Fulham – we shall see how the body holds up," he told Miriam when asked about retirement.

Despite playing the game since he was in his teens, Duff said he said he still "loves" it and is looking forward to training again with Fulham in another few weeks' time.

As for his post-retirement plans, he will wait and see.

"It's starting to worry me a bit now – I don't really have any qualifications, after leaving school so young," he explained.

"I have to do something – I don't want to be idle. An idle mind can be dangerous.

"I'll probably go down the coaching route – probably with the kids," he added.

When quizzed about whether he would like to manage Ireland, he said it would be "too stressful".

jlast@herald.ie


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