OFFICIAL: Shelbourne appoint Owen Heary as manager

The former Bohemians and Sligo Rovers boss has returned to the club where he won five league titles, following the departure of Kevin Doherty

Shelbourne have announced the appointment of Owen Heary as the club's new manager.

Heary takes over at the helm of the SSE Airtricity League First Division outfit until the end of the season following the departure of Kevin Doherty, who stepped down as manager on Saturday.

"Shelbourne Football Club are pleased to announce the appointment of Owen Heary as First Team Manager," the club said in a statement. 

"The appointment is initially until the end of the season, at which stage discussions will take place regarding its continuance into 2017."

Heary played for Shelbourne between 1998 and 2006, winning five League of Ireland titles and a FAI Cup before joining Dublin rivals Bohemians.

The 39-year-old took over as Bohemians manager in 2013 before leaving the club to manage Sligo Rovers ahead of the 2015 season.

He parted ways with the Bit o' Red in June 2015. Taking the reins at Tolka Park marks his return to senior management.

Shelbourne are currently fifth in the First Division with 16 points from 14 games. Heary's first game in charge comes on Friday at home to Cobh Ramblers.