MARTIN O’Neill will return to Foyleside in February in the company of his international assistant manager, Roy Keane, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Derry City’s “Treble” success by in 1989, the “Journal” has learned.
The high profile footballing personalities will be the guests of honour at the special function which will be staged in the City Hotel.
Following a meeting with both O’Neill and Keane and, indeed, FAI officials in Dublin yesterday afternoon, the Brandywell club’s Chief Executive Officer, Sean Barrett, confirmed the attendance of Ireland’s new managerial duo.
“Previously, we had made arrangements with the F.A.I. to have Giovanni Trapattoni as our guest of honour to celebrate our ‘treble’ success but since the Italian’s departure several months ago, we made a second approach to secure the services of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane as our guests,” confirmed Mr. Barrett.
“Having since met both Martin and Roy in Dublin, I must say it was an absolute pleasure. They were fabulous to deal with and they were more than happy to travel to Derry next February to join us in our celebrations,” he added.
“The FAI were fully behind our proposal and I think it could prove to be a particularly memorable evening. “We talked quite a lot about Derry City, the 2014 season and, of course, James McClean, Darron Gibson and Shane Duffy, but I really was delighted with their praise for Derry City Football Club.”
Also attending the corporate function will be members of the treble-winning team and Derry City sponsors.
“As yet, I can’t confirm the exact date of the function as a few issues have to be ironed out, but it will take place in February and the event will be sold on a table of 10 basis. I’ve absolutely no doubt the event will sell out very quickly given the quality of our guests of honour and we think it will be an occasion to look forward to,” he maintained.