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Out of his Shel: How Damien Duff made the transfer from top player to League of Ireland manager

Former Chelsea and Ireland footballer Damien Duff overcame his initial shyness to become a direct and forthright personality. Shelbourne fans will be hoping he can put those traits to good use on the sidelines as his side takes on Derry City in the FAI Cup

Damien Duff: the former Chelsea and Ireland player now manages Shelbourne, which takes on Derry City in the FAI Cup final this Sunday. Illustration: Peter Hanan


Name and job: Damien Duff, head coach of Shelbourne FC

Age: 43

Appearance: blonde, usually scowling and often shouting

Newsworthiness: the former Ireland international football legend is coaching Shelbourne in the FAI Cup final today against Derry City

Even by the standard of the chants on League of Ireland terraces, the Shelbourne faithful’s ode to their new manager is more artless than most.

“In your head, he’s in your head, Duffer, Duffer,” it goes, ...