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Coleraine interested in Derry City manager to replace Oran Kearney

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Kenny Shiels

Coleraine are believed to be interested in talking to Derry City manager Kenny Shiels as they look to replace Oran Kearney.

Kearney, Mr Shiels' son-in-law, left the Bannsiders for St Mirren on Friday.

The Candystripes manager previously played for Coleraine and managed them between 1994 and 2000,

Shiels had a successful spell at the club and is fondly remembered by the Coleraine faithful.

After leaving Coleraine Shiels had a lengthy spell in charge of Ballymena United before heading to Scotland with Kilmarnock.

He was appointed manager at the Brandywell in 2015 and despite a relatively successful time at the club Shiels has endured a difficult period this season with attendances at the redeveloped Brandywell lower than hoped.

The Candystripes have also slipped into the lower half of the League of Ireland Premier Division this year after consistently challenging for Europe in previous seasons.

Shiels has also come in for criticism for his transfer business at Derry, with chairman Phillip O'Doherty promising changes at the club ahead of next season.

However Shiels men have performed well in cup competitions and face Cobh Ramblers in the League Cup Final at the Brandywell on Sunday.

Institute manager Paddy McLaughlin, Dungannon Swifts manager Rodney McAree and former Northern Ireland international Steve Lomas have also been linked with the post.

Coleraine chairman Colin McKendry revealed that the club has had interest in the post from across Europe and America.

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