Monday 24 June 2019

Damien Duff departs as Keith Fahey takes up Shamrock Rovers role


Damien Duff. Photo: Sportsfile
Damien Duff. Photo: Sportsfile

John Fallon

Shamrock Rovers have replaced one former Irish international with another as Keith Fahey was yesterday confirmed as part of their underage coaching set-up with Damien Duff departing and expected to take up a role with Celtic.

Fahey joins Rovers as an assistant with their U-15s along with Dessie Baker under head coach Thomas Morgan with Tony Cousins (U-17s) and Stephen Rice (U-19s) confirmed in their head coaching roles.

Meanwhile, Mick McCarthy could be bringing his Ireland squad to Portugal in late May for a training camp.

The new manager will have limited time to work with his players during his first assignment in March, the double-header of opening Euro 2020 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia. However, he'll have access to his personnel from mid-May ahead of the next meetings with Denmark (away) and Gibraltar (home) in early June.

The possibility of a training camp for an extended squad has been floated and it seems the Algarve is the preferred location. McCarthy's assistant Robbie Keane has posted footage of his visit to a swish training base called "The Campus" in Quinta do Lago.

It is understood that McCarthy, who has a house in the Algarve, was also on the scouting trip. The top-class resort has hosted football camps by Rio Ferdinand and Richard Dunne in the past.

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