Paddy McCourt has today revealed that he will retire from football at the end of the current season, to take up the role of Head of the Coaching academy at Derry City.

At a press conference held at the Brandywell today, McCourt, currently at Finn Harps, revealed that he will see out the season with Ollie Horgan's team before hanging up his boots for good to focus on developing the next generation of players at his home town club.

"What I’ll do between now and the end of the season is to come in and assess things," he explained. "There will be no big changes between now and the end of the year, we’ll just be looking at how we can improve things going forward, then some the end of the year when the season finishes, I’ll be retiring to take on the role full time.

"My job will be to report back to the first team manager and oversee all four age groups to make sure that everything is running smoothly right from U13s up to U19s.

"If there is any issue with any of the managers or the coaches they’ll come to me and I’ll try and fix it and if I can’t fix it I’ll go somewhere else. I’ll basically be overseeing all of the age groups and try to put in place a better recruitment policy, a better scoring system and overseeing the whole lot."

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