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Hoops pay out €25,000 to Derry as Kenny takes top job

SHAMROCK Rovers will unveil Stephen Kenny as their new manager today after finally confirming his appointment as Michael O'Neill's successor.

There was no surprise about the announcement, considering Kenny had told Derry last weekend that he was leaving the north-west to return to the area where he grew up.

Indeed, the Dubliners' authorities were confident throughout the week that they had their man.

A brief statement from the Hoops welcomed the 40-year-old to the club after agreeing compensation in the region of €25,000 with the Candystripes.

Kenny will be tasked with building on O'Neill's good work, and fans will be expecting him to deliver a third successive league title in 2012 with a strong squad at his disposal.

He was a candidate to take the role in 2008, but a disagreement with the Rovers board over the process ended his chances.

Kenny leaves Derry on good terms. They took him back after an unsuccessful stint in Scotland with Dunfermline, while he helped rebuild the club two years ago after financial irregularities led to demotion to the First Division.

A new chapter beckons for the man who started management in his late 20s at Longford and subsequently won a league title during a stint with the Hoops' arch-rivals Bohemians.

Andrews move hit by injury

KEITH Andrews' chances of securing a move away from Blackburn in January received a setback on Monday when he injured a hamstring on his final appearance for Ipswich, WRITES DANIEL McDONNELL.

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The Dubliner sustained the setback before half-time in the St Stephen's Day draw with Leicester. It brought a premature end to his successful loan stint with the Championship club -- his deal was due to expire on January 1.

Andrews is a target for Premier League sides, including Swansea and Aston Villa, and he will be praying for a positive diagnosis.

"The unfortunate thing with hamstrings is that they tend to be weeks rather than days," said Ipswich boss Paul Jewell, who is resigned to missing out on the midfielder.

Andrews, who has scored nine goals this term in England's second tier, has stressed that he does not want to play for Blackburn again because of his treatment by management and supporters. The 31-year-old will therefore be hoping for a quick recovery in January so that he is able to get the permanent move away that he desires.

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