Derek Pender secures promotion at Bohemians

by Stephen Findlater

Derek Pender has been promoted to the position of first team player development coach with Bohemians as the club legend continues to rise up the management ranks at Dalymount Park.

The former club captain, 37, retired from first-team football at the end of the 2019 season after captaining the club to European qualification for the first time in eight years.

He took the reins of the Bohs-SKB Under-17s in 2020 and guided them to the SSE Airtricity Under-17 League title.

Welcoming Pender to his new position, first-team manager Keith Long said: “The thinking behind the role is to have someone with Derek’s experience, leadership and resillience qualitities on the pitch in training alongside our young players.

“Derek will impart that crucial knowledge he has from his time in the game as a player. 

“To have that experience will be beneficial for our young players and have a positive impact on their collective and individual development.”

Succeeding Pender as Bohs-SKB U17s manager is Carl Grehan. He will work alongside Rory Kirk, who assisted Pender this season.

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