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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 March 2007, 17:36 GMT
Kerr back in game with St Pat's
Brian Kerr
Brian Kerr is back in football with Dublin club St Pat's Athletic
Former Republic of Ireland boss Brian Kerr has made a return to Eircom League club St Patrick's Athletic as its Director of Football.

Kerr, who was sacked from the Republic job in October 2005, won two titles with the Dublin side during his 10 years as manager from 1986.

The 54-year-old was appointed by Garrett Kelleher, the club's new owner.

"My energies will be concentrated on making the Super Saints one of the leading clubs in Ireland," said Kerr.

Kerr's contract with the FAI was not renewed after the Republic's failure to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.

In the wake of his departure from the national post, Kerr said he did not expect to work in his native Ireland again.

But the arrival of Dublin businessman Keller has brought Kerr back into the game and back to the club he has always supported.

"I was never really attracted to the English game or living in England so when Garret Kelleher approached me I reviewed my position," Kerr told the club website.

"Since leaving the national team job I have had a small number of opportunities to work abroad and in Ireland.

"Some of those offers I chose not to pursue and a number did not ultimately crystallise into firm offers.

It's great to be back, but I'm sure as regulars at Richmond Park will know, I never really went away. I have been attending games at Inchicore every second Friday over the past few seasons.

"My new role at the club will be 'Director of Football' and straight away let me say that there will be no problem working with our manager John McDonnell.

"John and I have worked together in the past and he won't have to be looking over his shoulder if the club hit a bad run of results."



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