Sheriff have confirmed a new Premier B management team and it includes one of the most famous Junior footballing faces in Ireland.
Johnny Reilly stepped down as manager of the successful second string or the Premier B team as the are more commonly known with two titles in his back pocket last week and the Inner City club were not long about announcing a replacement duo.
Fiachra Burke and John Rock will take the reigns moving into the new season.
Burke, who played underage and senior at the club has management experience having worked with Phoenix and has been pursuing his badges with the FAI.
Rock needs no introduction and already a Sheriff favourite and great. The striker was key to Sheriff’s success over the last seven years, was regular AUL top scorer and was chief amateur football panto villain in recent years.
The combative goal scorer now moves into management and will now work with the coaching set up. The boots won’t be hung up just yet and Rock will continue to play, whether that’s a Premier B level or with Mark Quigley and the first team remains to be seen.
The club confirmed the news on social media:
“The committee are excited to announce Fiachra Burke and John Rock as senior managers for our 2nd team for the coming season.
The lads are no strangers to senior football and bring a wealth of experience to the role. We’re excited to see what the lads achieve with this smashing bunch of players.
Fiachra started at the club as a schoolboy at 8 and was with the club 10 years on and off, playing alongside some of the current senior squad such as Lee Murphy and Bisto Flood. In recent years he’s been coaching at LSL side Phoenix FC and working on his coach education with FAI and furthering his development with trips to Spanish and UK professional setups.
John Rock needs no introduction to Sheriff members and supporters. He has won every honor in junior football and is a UEFA Regions Cup winner. It’s his first foray into management but we’re delighted he has decided to get involved in the coaching side of the club as well as continuing to play.
Pre-season dates and training times to be announced over the coming days.”