Former international O'Brien appointed Rovers coach

Having been released by Bohemians as assistant manager last month, Liam O’Brien has been snapped up by one of his former clubs, Shamrock Rovers, as head coach for the coming season.

Having been released by Bohemians as assistant manager last month, Liam O’Brien has been snapped up by one of his former clubs, Shamrock Rovers, as head coach for the coming season.

Hoops boss Liam Buckley said that he is "delighted to have someone of the calibre and experience of Liam’s on board at the club. He will not only assist in a coaching capacity but will also assist me in team matters."

The 39-year-old, with 16 international caps to his name, began his playing career at Stella Maris, Bohemians and Cleveland Ohio in the North American League, before he claimed three League of Ireland medals with the famed 1980s Shamrock Rovers side.

The midfielder won his first full cap against Uruguay in 1986, while playing for Rovers.

An offer of £50,000 (€63,500) and two challenge matches by Manchester United six months later was accepted and O’Brien was off to Old Trafford, where he was to make 15 of his 31 League appearances as a substitute.

Spells at Newcastle United, Tranmere and Cork City followed, before a move to Dalymount Park in the summer of 2000 as player-coach. He admitted to being "shocked" at Bohemians' decision not to renew his contract shortly before Christmas.

O’Brien replaces Lar Maloney at Rovers, whose own contract ran out last week.

Rovers have added three further friendlies to their pre-season line-up, with away games against First Division sides Monaghan United (February 15, 3pm), Athlone Town (February 22, 2pm) and Finn Harps (March 6, 7.45pm).

The Dubliners are already scheduled to face Bray Wanderers on March and Dundalk in Oriel Park 10 days later.

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