Rennie return?

Keith Long is set to take charge of his first game as Waterford FC boss this evening when Finn Harps make the trip South.

The former Boh's boss was appointed as head coach on Wednesday, just two days after the departure of Danny Searle.

While it is as of yet unconfirmed by the club, it has been reported in both the Irish Examiner and the Derry Journal that Tramore native, Alan Reynolds, is set to take up a role as assistant coach to Long at the RSC.

Reynolds is currently balancing two roles; he is assistant coach to Ruaidhrí Higgins at Derry with the club sitting second in the Premier Division after 6 games, while he is also assistant coach in Jim Crawford's Republic Of Ireland U21's.


"Rennie" was most recently Waterford boss from 2017-2020. He guided that Blues team to the First Division title in 2017/18 with two games to spare, and secured promotion back to the Premier for the first time in a decade.

He would go on to secure fourth place in the Premier Division standings the following season.

His departure from the club came amidst the postponement of League Of Ireland games as the covid-19 pandemic started to take hold in 2020.

While Reynolds is currently part of a Derry setup that are challenging for league honours, he is still balancing the travel commitments with the Irish camp and time at home in Waterford.


Reynolds was a likely contender for the recently vacated Blues job, but his Ireland U21's role would not allow him to be a head coach/manager for a League Of Ireland side.

The situation is likely to be clarified in the coming days with Keith Long set to speak to the media this weekend as he begins his reign at the Regional Sports Centre.