Causeway Chronicle

Shiels joins Coleraine

Former Rangers and Northern Ireland international Dean Shiels has been appointed to the coaching staff at Coleraine Football Club.

The 39-year-old also won 14 international caps for Northern Ireland, scoring one goal against Luxembourg and also had spells at Hibernian, Doncaster Rovers, Kilmarnock and Rangers.

Shiels, son of former Coleraine boss Kenny Shiels and brother-in-law of current manager Oran Kearney, was announced by Coleraine’ prior to the home game with Cliftonville on Saturday.

Shiels was in charge of the successful Northern Ireland ladies team who qualified for Europe before stepping away to take up a managerial appointment at Dungannon Swifts.

He has been out of the game since leaving Stangmore Park but as part of the new Showgrounds management structure, has now been employed at Coleraine under the auspices of new CEO Simon Magee.

Shiel’s arrival as first team coach means the departure of Marty McCann who held the role of first team coach since the start of the season.

No stranger to The Showgrounds, Shiels attended games with his dad Kenny Shiels and was a team mascot and ball boy at the Showgrounds as well as playing for the Bannsiders in the 2019 season , making 12 appearances and scoring three goals..

He brings a wealth of playing experience to Coleraine and takes up his appointment in time for Saturday’s visit by Cliftonville

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson