Having spent seven years working with one of the greatest amateur coaches of all time the Sheriff YC squad know what a good manager looks like.
And in former League of Ireland star Mark Quigley the decorated players see the managerial qualities they need to ensure they remain a success.
Replacing Alan Reilly, a coach that won an amazing 31 trophies- including six out of a possible seven league titles as well as an amazing four FAI Junior Cups- was always going to be a daunting task, but Quigley, who played nine times for Milwall, revealed he was encouraged to put his name in the hat by the players at the club.
“The players sort of encouraged me, and they knew I was a decent coach and I’ve got some knowledge of football,” Quigley told the Dublin Gazette.
“I went and met the committee and put my name forward, went for the interview and I must have done OK because I was announced as manager.”
Sheriff may be an amateur side, albeit a very successful one, but Quigley believes the Junior ranks present a real challenge and is a perfect environment for a young coach.
“I’m not getting any younger so, when you get to my age, if you want to stay in football, the next progression is coaching and management.
“To get such a big job for your first job is amazing and I’m honoured the board chose me to bring this club forward. It’s really an exciting time.”
After coming through the youth system with Sheriff and playing with the club last season, the 32-year-old has strong links to the club and he is intent on giving back.
Indeed, Quigley doesn’t want to just focus on the first team and has expressed a desire to be involved in the wider area and the youth set up.
“I’m still in the area, and it’s good to have the Sheriff manager living in the area. For people, it’s good they can see the head of the club still walking the streets and they can have the chat.
“Parents from the underage teams can have a chat, and I’m open to everybody so I think it’s good for the club that they have somebody still from the area taking over the club.
“It’s good that it’s the first club I ever played for and it’ll be the last club I’ll ever play for, and now I’m managing them. It’s come full circle.
“It’s been a lot of years and a lot of hard work, and to come back to the club and give back the bit of knowledge I’ve picked up over the years, [it’s great].”