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Rovers close in on Kenny

STEPHEN KENNY will be unveiled as Shamrock Rovers' new manager if, as expected, compensation discussions with Derry City are completed, WRITES DANIEL McDonnell.

Rovers have continued speaking to other candidates who have expressed an interest, but the 40-year-old former Longford, Bohemians and Dunfer-mline boss looks to be their man.

Kenny's main immediate priority will be the recruitment of a 'keeper, with Ryan Thompson and Richard Brush on their way out of Tallaght.

Meanwhile, former Ireland U-19 boss Sean McCaffrey will take over as manager of Dundalk. He will be assisted by Darius Kierans and former Lilywhites defender John Whyte.

The Louth club had explored a range of options and they were interested in Bray boss Pat Devlin amid financial uncertainty at the Carlisle Grounds.

However, Devlin wasn't interested, which cleared the path for McCaffrey, who needs to complete the final stage of his coaching badges to comply with the League's regulations.

Dundalk will be working off a reduced budget and McCaffrey's experience of working with youngsters will be put to good use in a squad that should have a local feel about it.

The Premier Division fixture list for 2012 will be released today, but the First Division schedule is delayed due to new club applications.

Irish Independent