Kevin Deery

Assistant Coach

  • Date Joined: 30th March 2021
I am a versatile and motivated football manager and coach with a strong portfolio and proven track record of achievements and experience in Irish football.

As a visible leader I have gained vital experience managing and overseeing training sessions, and I also demonstrate a capability to lead, motivate and inspire individuals.

Furthermore I am a respected former youth international player who has shown an aptitude for working with emerging talent and helping them make the transition to first-team football.


“Kevin is a brilliant person to have associated to any football club. During the two years I worked with Kevin at Derry City FC in his role as assistant head coach I found him honest, hardworking and excellent on the training field delivering practical sessions. His tactical awareness and his ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of opponents was of a very high level and it’s something he excelled at. I’d often call to the office in the late evenings and find Kevin still there analysing and drawing up a report on our next opponents. His will to win and attention to detail was extremely impressive.” - Paddy McCourt: Technical Director, Derry City FC

“Having broken into a successful Derry side as a teenager I found Kevin a massive help in my development as a player as well as a character and what it would take to succeed. He was always very approachable for a chat. Kevin was the captain of a young Derry team and his knowledge of the game and his leadership of that squad on and off the pitch was crucial in us being successful.” - James McClean: Republic of Ireland international and Stoke City FC player

Notable Youth Players Coached / Developed:

Shane McGinty: Recruited Shane for Institute and he went on to play for Ballymena United and Dungannon Swifts in the Premiership.

Niall Grace: Signed Niall from local junior league for Institute before he won moves to top-flight sides Glenavon and then Cliftonville.

Ciaron Harkin: Loaned Ciaron from Derry City Academy for Institute. He went on to join Coleraine and played in the Irish Cup final.

Stephen O’Donnell: Signed for Institute who also went on to sign for Coleraine and played in the top-flight.

Jack Keaney/John Mahon/Ed McGinty: Encouraged all three at Sligo Rovers under-19s to believe in themselves as they made the step up.

Patrick Ferry/ Jack Malone/ Ronan Boyce: Mentored this trio in the under-19 side at Derry City and helped them go on to make first-team debuts.
Kevin Deery


  • UEFA: A Licence

    A Licence

  • UEFA: Pro Licence

    Pro Licence

  • UEFA: B Licence

    B Licence

Career History

  • Derry City FC

    Derry City FC
    Assistant Manager
    2018 – 2020

  • Sligo Rovers FC

    Sligo Rovers FC
    Assistant Manager
    2017 – 2018

  • Institute FC

    Institute FC
    2015 – 2017

  • Trojans FC

    Trojans FC
    2014 – 2015

  • Derry City FC

    Derry City FC
    2001 – 2014

Key Achievements

  • Derry City FC: In my first season at the club in 2018 we had to recruit 17 players on a moderate budget and managed to qualify for Europe after finishing 4th in the league. The season before the team had finished third bottom.
  • Derry City FC: Helped a number of our under-19 players make the transition to the first-team and settle in the squad.
  • Sligo Rovers FC: Attended games and played an active role in the development the under 19s in 2018. That resulted in eight under 19 players attending daily training sessions with the first team and progressing on to make their debuts in the same season,
  • Sligo Rovers FC: Helped secure the club’s Premier Division status in 2017.
  • Institute FC: Led the team to the NIFL Championship play-offs two seasons in a row in 2016 and 2017.
  • Institute FC: Intermediate Cup winners in 2015/16 and North West Cup winners in 2016/17.
  • Trojans FC: Won the treble of League, Cup, and League Cup in our first season in 2014/15 and went through that entire campaign without losing a game.
  • Derry City FC Playing Career: Made more than 350 Appearances and was a Republic of Ireland under-21 and under-19 international.
  • Derry City FC Playing Career: FAI Cup winner in 2002, 2006 and 2012 and runner-up in 2008.
  • Derry City FC Playing Career: League Cup winner 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011 and runner-up in 2002. First Division winner in 2010. Premier Division runner-up in 2005 and 2006.
  • Derry City FC Playing Career: PFAI Young Player of the Year in 2006 and club captain for five years.

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