Hoops announce appointment of Stephen Bradley as new gaffer

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Rovers director of football Stephen McPhail today announced that Stephen Bradley is the Hoops new permanent manager.

Bradley took over as interim manager following the departure of Pat Fenlon in July but was unable to keep the role as he didn’t have the UEFA Pro Licence.

Because of this his old Drogheda team mate Sami Ristila stepped in as manager for the remainder of the season.

The 31-year-old will earn his UEFA Pro Licence next month and is understood to have already spoken to potential players about coming on board for 2017.

Speaking of the appointment, Stephen McPhail said:

“I am delighted to announce Stephen Bradley as the new Head Coach of Shamrock Rovers F.C.

“Last season Stephen took on the role of interim manager.

“During his period in charge I witnessed first-hand his ability operating in a difficult and challenging environment.

“In my opinion, he is one of the best young coaches that I’ve seen during my time in football and he is absolutely the right man to lead the first team forward at this point in time.”

Stephen Bradley spoke of his delight at landing the job.

“I am very honoured to accept the position of Head Coach at Shamrock Rovers F.C.

“We have a huge amount of work to do but preparations for next season are already well under way and we will work night and day to make sure the team is ready to compete for honours come March.”