"It really knocked the stuffing out of me" - Shelbourne boss on the injury which derailed his Liverpool career

Kevin Doherty chats to Oisin Langan and Richie McCormack on the Newstalk Airtricity League podcast

Kevin Doherty, Shelbourne

Shels' Manager Kevin Doherty ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Kevin Doherty is the man currently plotting Shelbourne's hopes of returning to the top division.

The club's manager has been in charge since 2014, having represented Shels as a player - across two spells - and then as a coach, assistant and now boss. 

But he also spent three years in Liverpool's academy and reserve ranks in his teenage years between 1998 and 2001 as he told Richie McCormack and Oisin Langan in an interview on the Newstalk's Airtricity League Podcast.

"It's the usual hard luck story. I went over when I was 18. I'd just finished my leaving cert and fairly quickly got into the reserve team and got into the first-team squad," he said.

"I was playing with Ireland with Brian Kerr's in the under-18s and we qualified for the European Championships in Sweden and they went for warm-up tournament just before it in Holland and the first time of it I was actually captain. Things were going well but first game I ended up breaking my leg. It was my femur I actually broke which was very unusual in football terms. A lot of people would say maybe from car crashes and stuff you might do that. It really knocked the stuffing out of me at the time." 

From left-Gary Doherty, Brian Kerr and Kevin Doherty celebrate after the game ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Doherty went on to explain how that injury then curtailed a potentially promising Liverpool career and how he rebuilt it in the League of Ireland. 

The Sun's Neil O'Riordan also chatted to the lads about Tunisia calling up Bohemians player Ayman Ben Mohamed for Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

"It's great for him. He's only a university student and a part-time player and he's getting called up by a country which is ranked 47th in the world for a competitive game with players from big leagues around the world," he said.

"Funnily enough, last year on the return home from the World Cup draw, I happened to be sitting beside the Tunisian manager Henryk Kasperczak. I must admit at the time, I knew he was a football coach, I knew he was a French speaker and I knew he was in charge of an African team but I couldn't figure out who he was, so I can't claim that I planted the seed about Ayman Ben Mohamed [in Kasperczak's mind].

"It's great news for [Ben Mohamed]. He's been the bright spark for Bohs this year."

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