Stephen Bradley turns down Lincoln’s offer while Dermot Desmond convinces him to stay with Shamrock Rovers

Stephen Bradley opted to turn Lincoln down after a joint effort by Shamrock Rovers, involving partner Dermot Desmond and captain Ronan Finn, helped persuade the 37-year-old to stay.

he Hoops confirmed on Friday that Bradley has turned down an opportunity to join League One club Lincoln City, who had officially approached the League of Ireland champions about hiring the Dubliner.

He made his decision last night after a day of discussions with various people at Rovers. It is understood that billionaire Desmond, who owns 25 percent of the Tallaght club, along with the club’s independent chairman Ciaran Medlar, were involved in the process. Both have a good relationship with Bradley. Finn also made representations to reflect the dressing room view.

Bradley retains his ambitions to eventually act in the UK but ultimately concluded he still had open deals with his current employers, with a strong focus on this summer’s European Championships which are proving lucrative for all parties could prove to be the case if the club advances to the group stage of football.

Rovers were concerned Bradley was leaving when Lincoln officially sought his services.

But leaders at the club have never given up hope that their back-to-back league-winning boss would remain.

“There has been a lot of speculation over the past few days about my immediate future as head coach of Shamrock Rovers. I would like to thank Lincoln City for expressing an interest in speaking to me about their vacant leadership position and one day having the ambition to test me in different countries and at different levels of the game,” Bradley said in a Rovers statement.

“But for now I’m very happy to stay at Shamrock Rovers and continue my work. I love this club and I feel that our work here is not finished.

“The exceptional squad of players we’ve built and our incredible supporters make me so hungry that we have a real chance to achieve more success at home and in Europe to achieve the ambitious goals we have set for ourselves as a club have set for the next few years.

“I would like to thank the Chair and the Board for their advice and support over the last few days. We have a great few months ahead of us starting tonight at home against Finn Harps and I, my staff and the players are ready to go !”

Bradley’s decision to stay offers stability for the Rovers ahead of a key period in their title defense, which begins tonight at home to Finn Harps.

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