The manager of what some call the ‘greatest Junior soccer side Ireland has ever seen’ has stepped down.
Defeat to Usher Celtic on Thursday night means Reilly doesn’t go out on a massive high- the result saw Sheriff finish second in Premier A-but his achievements and the team he assembled will never be forgotten around Sheriff or indeed further afield.
Reilly and his team turned the Inner City side into the most feared team in the country, a winning machine of Intermediate quality despite it’s Junior status.
Under the coach Sheriff won an amazing 31 trophies, six out of a possible seven league titles as well as an amazing four FAI Junior Cups. In 2015/16 the has a clean sweep and went the whole season undefeated to collect all five trophies on offer. With Reilly and Giles at the helm a team that gave us amateur legends such as John Lester, John Rock, Darren Dunne and the Murphy’s also won 4 Leinster Junior Cups six Nivea Cups, five Liddy Cups, three Tom Hand Cups
and Tommy Clements Cups.
Reilly had contemplated leaving last season and was linked to a number of Intermediate jobs, but stayed for one more year.
A seven year reign ends today and Sheriff’s most successful manager will be looking for another hot seat to fill.
Sheriff YC have yet to confirm who will replace Reilly and Giles, while the departing duo will certainly be in high demand.
The club issued the following statement via social media on Friday.
After an amazing 7 seasons our two first team coaches Alan Reilly and Chris Giles have decided to step down from their role at the end of the season. It’s very hard to see them go but we ultimately respect their decision.
The lads have done a remarkable job during their time with our club and have led the senior team to unprecedented success. They’ve given us amazing memories, days out and put Sheriff YC in the history books of junior football.
The success they leave behind is a testament to their hard work and dedication working with our players. They leave having accumulated 31 trophies in 7 seasons with 1 more to play for.
6 back to back league titles
4 FAI Junior Cups
4 Leinster Junior Cups
6 Nivea Cups
5 Liddy Cups
3 Tom Hand Cups
3 Tommy Clements Cups
2 FAI Senior Cup QF’s
We would like to thank them for their dedication, professionalism and all that they’ve done for our club. We wish them every success in their next endeavours.
Our search for a new management team will begin in ernst and if you’re interested in the role please contact us in confidence through firstname.lastname@example.org, on our social channels or reach out to one of our committee.