Where is Damien Duff now?
The bane of many a right-back during his time in the Premier League, Damien Duff retired from playing in 2016 at the age of 37 after a spell back in his native Ireland with Shamrock Rovers.
Unfortunately his time at Shamrock Rovers was cut short when he realised that he was struggling to contribute for the side and ultimately decided that enough was enough and subsequently hung up his boots.
Duff enjoyed a 19-year playing career and won a number of trophies including two Premier League titles and a League Cup with Chelsea, the League Cup with Blackburn Rovers and the Intertoto Cup with Newcastle United.
He was also part of the Fulham side which were unlucky to lose to Athletico Madrid in the 2010 UEFA Europa League final.
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Duff’s passion for the game hasn’t diminished and he keeps himself in shape with regular 5-a-side games with his friends.
He has also played on the legends circuit in an indoor 5-a-side tournament alongside footballing greats Gianluca Zambrotta and Gaizka Mendieta.
This is despite warnings by doctors that he shouldn’t play football due to wear and tear of his hip.
Since retiring Duff has worked as a pundit and match analyst on Irish television station RTE although he has admitted that it is completely out of his comfort zone.
After assisting with the coaching of the Shamrock Rovers under 15’s side, Duff along with other former Irish stars Kenny Cunningham, Mark Kinsella, Keith Andrews and Stephen McPhail were hired by the Football Association of Ireland to work within the FAI Emerging Talent Programme.
In August 2016, Duff joined the coaching staff of the Shamrock Rovers first team working predominantly with the team’s strikers.
In February 2017, he was appointed as head coach of the Shamrock Rovers u15’s academy side combining his duties with his existing first team coaching role.
A huge Celtic fan as a child, Duff got his dream role in January 2019 when he joined Brendan Rodgers’ Scottish giants as a reserve team coach.
He had previously worked with Rodgers when he was a player at Chelsea.
After Rodgers unexpectedly left to join Premier League side Leicester City just a month after Duff had joined, new manager Neil Lennon promoted him to his current role as first team coach.
Damien Duff #One2Eleven (4-3-3 Formation)
Damien Duff was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in May 2017 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in their #One2Eleven section of the show.
GK – Mark Schwarzer – I have worked with some of the best keepers in my career in Shay Given, Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini but I have to go with Schwarzer as he is the hardest working player I have ever seen. He is also a top guy and shown great longevity playing into his 40’s.
RB – Denis Irwin – cool as ice and a player who I don’t think I ever got the better of. Scored lots of goals and won everything in his career too.
LB – Ian Harte – I used to love playing with Harte, he was so good at picking you out. He also had the best left foot I had ever seen in football.
CB – John Terry – not the quickest but reads the game tremendously well. People often underestimate how good he is on the ball and with both feet. A captain on and off the pitch
CB – Richard Dunne – Another player who was underestimated. Every meeting we had before a game every manager would pick him out saying he can’t run, can’t move and can’t turn. He was very good, old school, and possibly the quickest centre half I’ve seen.
CM – Roy Keane – Keane was a player who believed that sometimes the best pass is the easiest pass and he was the best I’d ever seen at that. He is a very funny man with a very dry wit which people don’t often see. An incredible player though.
CM – Frank Lampard – fantastic in training, always doing an extra 5-10 minutes afterwards which adds up to a lot over a career. I don’t think you can coach the way he used to time his runs into the box. A top lad as well who enjoyed a pint.
CM – Mousa Dembele – so strong and so quick and one of the best at standing someone up and beating them. He has an amazing technique with the ball.
RW – Arjan Robben – his confidence was bordering on arrogance but a top guy who was the catalyst of the Chelsea team which broke the points record.
LW – David Villa – I played with him for two months in New York and I have seen no one better at cutting in from the left that Villa.
Striker – Robbie Keane – I played against him when he was 16 and he was doing things that seasoned pros did. So clever round the box and he had that fearlessness which he taught himself from playing on the street. Not the quickest or strongest but had a great football team.
Damien Duff: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Fulham, Newcastle United|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com