There’s no doubt that Damien Duff’s move into management has given the League of Ireland a real boost. The former Fulham winger reversed course having initially turned down the chance to take over at Shelbourne and has thrown himself into the task of reviving the fortunes of the Drumcondra outfit – even if he admits the first task is to keep them in the top flight.

Duff’s probably given more interviews in the past week that during the entirety of his playing career. The Athletic’s piece last week featured an outline of his personality, whilst the Guardian’s Barry Glendenning observes a man who is already fully immersed in almost every activity at his new club. Duff is honest enough to admit his shortcomings – but insists he wants to be at Shelbourne long-term. His reign might have begun with a 3-0 defeat to St. Patrick’s Athletic, but Duff’s passion for the project seems infectious.

Duff, who was something of a revelation in his time as a pundit with RTE, hopes that he has given the press enough soundbites for a while as he prepares to quietly get on with the job. We wish him all the very best.