Dungannon Swifts are delighted to announce the appointment of Dean Sheils as our new manager.
Dean, 36, is no stranger to Northern Ireland football fans as he has represented his country no fewer than 14 times and has also starred for clubs including Hibernian (117 apps) and Rangers (90 apps).
Magherafelt born Shiels, started his professional career at Premier League side Arsenal FC playing under Arsene Wenger but unfortunately made no first team appearances before moving on to Scottish League side Hibernian FC.
Dean has been making giant strides as Assistant Manager of Northern Ireland’s Women’s Team where his father, Kenny, is the manager. He was an integral part of guiding the senior women’s side to their first ever Euro Finals play-offs which will be played in April.
Dungannon Swifts FC Chairman, Keith Boyd, is thrilled to appoint Dean Shiels as our new manager as he believes he can make a real impact on the current side.
“I’m delighted that Dean has agreed to become our new manager. He has been getting rave reviews as a coach with the Senior Women’s International team and I’m sure he will bring the experience he has gathered from that into the job. I’m really looking forward to working alongside him and I wish him every success!”Chairman – Keith Boyd.
Dungannon Swifts New Manager, Dean Shiels, is relishing the opportunity that has been given to him.
“I’m delighted to join Dungannon Swifts, from the moment I met with the club it felt the right decision for me and I’m grateful to Keith and the board for the opportunity. The club is going through a difficult period on the pitch at this moment and I’m fully aware of the challenge ahead but I’m excited to take it head on. I have a strong belief on how the game should be played and I will guarantee I will give everything to put a team on the pitch to compete and be successful.”Manager – Dean Shiels
Interim manager, Dixie Robinson, will be in the dugout for our game, against Coleraine this Saturday, and Dean will take over after this fixture.