COBH Ramblers have made a big addition to their coaching ranks by appointing Darren Dennehy as the club U17 manager for the 2020 season.
His backroom staff for the new role, as well as details regarding the U17 squad for next season, will be finalised and announced over the next couple of weeks.
Dennehy will be keen to share his experiences in the footballing world and to help develop the young players at Ramblers competing on a national stage.
During his own playing career, Dennehy went over initially to Merseyside and the Everton youth system, before he made the move to Cardiff City in July of 2018.
The Kerry native from there went to have playing spells at Hereford and Barnet, before Darren made the move back to Ireland in 2013 and joined Cork City.
During his time with the Rebel Army, Dennehy was apart of the City sides that were to finish runners up in the Premier Division and FAI Cup to Dundalk.
He then made the move to St Patrick’s Athletic in 2016, where he was to pick up a League Cup winners medal.
Then he was to make the move to sign for Limerick, before retiring in 2019.
His last competitive League Of Ireland outing was at Turners Cross for the Shannonsiders in May of 2018, when City came out on top 2-1 winners thanks to goals by Graham Cummins and Josh O’Hanlon.
On an overall level, Dennehy is keen to get going with the underage role at Ramblers and has plenty of experience at club level to share with the underage Cobh players.
“I’m really looking forward to it. It’s something that I’ve looked at getting into for a while and this is the perfect opportunity.
"The underage League of Ireland has been great for young players and hopefully I can help continue their development.
"Last year’s team did very well and we have a few of those players still underage for this season which is always a help.
"We want to build on that and continue to compete with the best teams in the country.”
Dennehy takes over from Marc O’Donovan-Wyatt.
Darren’s brother Billy has been doing well in the underage League Of Ireland coaching ranks with the Kerry U17 side, who made the U17 Mark Farren Cup final last term.
The 2020 SSE Airtricity League underage season will get underway in March.
In the SSE Airtricity National U19 League next term, teams will be permitted to include up to a maximum of two over-age players.
The players will be eligible to play in the National U19 League, provided they're born no later than December 31, 1999.