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Three jobs, three exits and a lot of unanswered questions - what is going on with Damien Duff's coaching career?

The Dubliner is an Irish soccer legend but having walked away from Shamrock Rovers, Celtic and now Ireland, is he the problem or are the challenges too much for him?

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Damien Duff has previously ruled out management in Ireland, but he has changed his mind before. He once said ‘not one per cent of him had an urge to go and work with the FAI’ before years later joining Stephen Kenny’s Ireland backroom team. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Damien Duff has previously ruled out management in Ireland, but he has changed his mind before. He once said ‘not one per cent of him had an urge to go and work with the FAI’ before years later joining Stephen Kenny’s Ireland backroom team. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Damien Duff has previously ruled out management in Ireland, but he has changed his mind before. He once said ‘not one per cent of him had an urge to go and work with the FAI’ before years later joining Stephen Kenny’s Ireland backroom team. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Not even Damien Duff knows what Damien Duff is going to do next. The man who once said he would never work as a paid analyst on TV and once joked "shoot me if I ever become a pundit" then found himself at home in the TV studio. The pundit who said loyalty to the Irish team and former team-mates meant he could not do TV work on a Republic of Ireland game went on to do so.

The man who claimed "not even one per cent of me" would ever work with the FAI became an FAI employee. The man who said last year "hopefully the FAI will be stuck with me for a while" lasted for nine months of a two-year contract.

So trying to predict his next move, a week after Duff severed his ties with the FAI, is no easy task, just as trying to figure out all of the reasons for his exit from that post is complicated.


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