DECLAN Devine is set to make an extraordinary return to Derry City as manager – five years after he was let go by the club – according to club sources.
An announcement is believed to be imminent from the Brandywell club.
Devine, who is currently an underage coach in the Elite Performance Club NI scheme, is the Derry board’s first choice to take over the position.
And Derry Daily understands that Devine, 45, met with senior club officials over the weekend to discuss the possibility of taking the managerial post for the second time.
Ruaidhrí Higgins, who made over 140 appearances for the club in two spells, is ready to snub an extension with Dundalk in favour of returning to Foyleside as assistant manager.
Marty McCann is also set to return to the fold as a first-team coach.
Paddy McCourt, who played his final game of football last Friday, was appointed head of Derry’s Youth Academy earlier this year.
The Derry City hierarchy are keen to return to an all local setup, despite receiving applications from Owen Coyle, Lee Clark and Steve Kean.