Tranmere Rovers have announced that the Club’s Head of Youth & Centre of Excellence Manager Kenny Shiels is to leave the Club to become Assistant Manager at Kilmarnock FC.
Shiels joined Tranmere during the summer of 2007 having previously been Northern Ireland Under-17 coach.
Speaking about the move, Tranmere boss Les Parry said:
“I’m really sorry to see Kenny leave the Club but this is too good an opportunity for him to turn down. He has been a valued member of the team in his three years here and he will be missed by everyone at the Club.”
“I wish him the best of luck in his new role. I will be sitting down with the Board of Directors to discuss the staffing structure in the near future.”
Kenny said: “I’m sad to be leaving Tranmere but this is a really exciting opportunity for me. I’d like to thank everyone at the Club for all their help. It has been a pleasure working alongside Les Parry, Shaun Garnett, Dave Philpotts, Warwick Rimmer, Matt Miller and Mal Gerrie, the Centre of Excellence coaches, Mick Horton and the rest of the Club staff and I wish them all the best for the coming season and the future.”
“It was a hard decision to leave Tranmere as it’s a Club you fall in love with. There are some very dedicated, hard working people here who work for each other and it was a pleasure being a part of that. Tranmere will always hold a place in my heart as they gave me the opportunity to progress in my coaching career.”
“I like to think I’ve made a positive impact on the future of the Club through my work with the Centre of Excellence and hopefully the results will be seen over the next few years in the first team.”
Chief Executive Mick Horton added:
“I’m sad to see Kenny leave the Club but we cannot stand in the way of this move. I’d like to thank him for all his hard work during his time at the Club and wish him well in his new position at Kilmarnock.”