MANAGERIAL APPOINTMENTS AT U19, U17 and U15 LEVELS

Dawson Devoy - Stephen Burke

We are delighted to announce Gavin Teehan has been appointed manager of the Bohemians U19s, recently-retired club skipper Derek Pender will take the reins of the Bohs-SKB U17s, while Keith Roche will take charge of the Bohs-SKB U15s.

Teehan arrives from Bray Wanderers-St Joseph’s U17s and welcoming him to the club, first-team manager Keith Long said: “Gavin is a great developmental coach and has good experience of schoolboy football at St Joseph’s and Cabinteely.

“It’s a change coming from U17s to U19s football but Gavin has a track record of bringing players through.”

The Bohs U19s have enjoyed success in recent years, winning the league in 2018, retaining it 2019 as well as winning the Enda McGuill Cup, while they have ably represented Ireland in the Uefa Youth League the past two seasons under the guidance Craig Sexton, who stepped down at the end of the season.

In doing so and with the club working closely with our partners at St Kevin’s Boys, a successful player pathway programme has seen players promoted from the youth ranks to Long’s first team.

Former Bohs U19s/Bohs-SKB underage players Andy Lyons, Danny Grant, Paddy Kirk, Ross Tierney, Ryan Graydon and Dawson Devoy have all made the step-up to first-team football at Bohemians over the past three seasons.

Other notable graduates from our U19s include Warren O’Hora, now with Brighton, and Ali Reghba, who joined Leicester City last summer.

Long said: “Success at U19s level comes in tandem with developing players ready for the first team and we want that to continue.

“But it might be a season of transition as there has been a big turnover of players and it will take time for him to implement ideas. We’re looking forward to a new voice and new ideas to help develop young talent and Gavin has that.”

Derek Pender celebrates Bohs qualifying for Europe at Richmond Park in October - Stephen Burke

Meanwhile, Pender, who hung up his boots at the end of the season after eight seasons with the Bohs first team, will take charge of the Bohs-SKB U17s in his first step in his coaching career.

He succeeds Jimmy Mowlds, who has opted to leave, and Bohemians wish to express our gratitude for his service to the club and to the Bohs-SKB partnership.

Pender will be assisted by Rory Kirk, older brother of Bohs first-teamer Paddy, who has developed a reputation as a respected young coach at St Kevin’s Boys.

Most recently he has worked with St Kevin’s U14s, many of whom will form part of the Bohs-SKB U15s team this year.

Long said: “It’s a great opportunity for Derek to cut his teeth in coaching. But it’s a huge opportunity for young players to learn from one of the most experienced and professional players in the league too.

“Again, he will also need time to implement his ideas and he will be ably assisted by Rory, who is a very respected with St Kevin’s.”

Roche succeeds Ger Browne as manager of the Bohs-SKB U15s having coached with St Kevin’s for four years.

Bohs-SKB Technical director Alan Caffrey said: “We welcome them in. We’re looking forward to working with them and getting started.”

Karl Lambe remains in charge of the Bohs-SKB U13s.

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