Paddy managed the u-20 team, the Foyle Cup squad and the ‘A’ side during his time at Finn Park recruiting and developing a number of players who progressed to the Senior Squad.
Due to work and other commitments he has left the post and will be taking a break from football
Today Paddy said: “The brief for Youth Development for Finn Harps is a large remit covering a number of areas including Recruiting, Coaching and Managing Players.
“There is also a large emphasis on fitness and conditioning and I have found it’s important to consistently stress to younger players that the step up to senior football is a huge commitment.
“All of the above means the role as Head of Finn Harps Youth Development takes a huge amount of time and at the moment due to work and other reasons, I feel I cannot give the Job the dedication I feel is required,” he said.
“I am going to take a break from the game but at some stage in the future I intend to return to coaching in Senior Football and hopefully that will be with Finn Harps.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time working at Finn Harps and I would like to thank the Players, the Board and everyone at Finn Park for their support during my tenure,” he added.
James Rodgers, Youth Development Officer at Finn Harps wanted to recognise Paddy’s achievements at the Club.
“Paddy’s remit as Head Coach of Youth Development was to identify, recruit and develop Players who had the potential to become part of the senior squad. We have been delighted with the number of players who have progressed to the first team under Paddy’s guidance.
“Winning the Foyle Cup last summer was a terrific boost for both Finn Harps and underage Football in Donegal. I am disappointed we are losing Paddy but on behalf of the Club I would like to thank him for the huge commitment he gave the role and wish him the best of luck in the future.”
Finn Harps will begin a recruitment process immediately and hope to speak to suitable candidates in the coming days.