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FAI award Derry City a First Division licence

Derry manager Stephen Kenny
Stephen Kenny's team has dropped down from the Premier Division

Derry City's future in the League of Ireland has been secured after they were awarded a First Division licence.

City were expelled from the League of Ireland in November after breaking regulations by holding secondary, unofficial contracts with players.

However, the FAI later invited Derry back to the league, although only to the second-tier First Division.

"The club was humiliated being kicked out of the league but this is a new beginning," said manager Stephen Kenny.

He added: "I'm still ambitious. I started in the first division, with Longford Town, and we managed to get promoted.

"I've been lucky enough to win every trophy as a manager and I certainly want to win them all again."

The Candystripes were also expelled from the Setanta Cup after moving into administration in November.

Linfield refused to play the Brandywell club in the competition with Blues chairman Jim Kerr saying that "the Derry City that qualified for the competition has ceased to exist".

It was revealed last month that Derry had debts in excess of £600,000 when it went into administration.

The club chairman, Philip O'Doherty, said City's main goals will be financial stability followed by a return to the Premier League.

"The main sponsor will be U4D, University for Derry.

"We are now financially stable, we've got a very good board, and I have every confidence in the local team Stephen Kenny's put together.

"I have every hope they'll be able to bring us up to the premiership in the not too distant future."

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see also
Molloy and Friars sign for Derry
01 Feb 10 |  Irish
Derry expelled from Setanta Cup
15 Jan 10 |  Irish
Derry City invited back to league
12 Nov 09 |  Foyle and West
Candystripes enter administration
20 Nov 09 |  Irish

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