One of the most successful Junior football managers of all time will begin an Intermediate assault from next season.
Not long after he confirmed his departure from Sheriff YC Alan Reilly was announced as the new manager of Ballymun United.
Reilly and his team turned the Sheriff into the most feared team in the country during his trophy laden seven years at the club, a winning machine of Intermediate quality despite it’s Junior status.
Under the coach the Inner City side 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 Chris 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 now brings his talents to newly promoted Ballymun and replaces Joey Graydon- who himself had massive AUL and FAI Junior Cup success with Killester United before leading them to the top Intermediate tier.
Ballymun confirmed the move on social media and it will certainly provide extra interest in Senior Sunday next season.
The ‘how would Sheriff fair in the LSL top flight?’ question has been asked over and over in recent years and while the club hasn’t made the move across the Dublin league divide their most successful manager has.
It will be interesting to see if the extremely respected coach brings any of his now former Sheriff players to the club and how he will fair in a more competitive league with a promoted side.