Lots of Crystal Palace fans have taken to Twitter in delight after it was confirmed by the club that Shaun Derry had returned to SE25 as Professional Development coach.
The 41-year-old had two spells with the Eagles as a player, from 2002-2005 before re-joining in 2008 and leaving for QPR in 2010.
Derry is fondly remembered by the Selhurst Park faithful for his efforts in the second half of the 2009/10 campaign, in which Palace embarked on ‘Survival Sunday’ on the last day at Sheffield Wednesday where the loser would face relegation – with the Eagles in administration, losing that game perhaps would have had more serious consequences.
It was Derry who was in tears on the pitch after Palace managed to survive with a 2-2 draw.
He has since managed Notts County and Cambridge, but had opted to step out of senior management in order to undertake an academy role with the south Londoners.
Let’s take a look at what the delighted Palace fans on Twitter have been saying…
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— Christian (@ChristianEagle0) September 4, 2019
Welcome back Derry! ??❤️?
— Harvey Jones (@redandbluesite) September 4, 2019
— Liam© (@liamb0117) September 4, 2019
Brilliant news ??
— Chrissy Palace (@ChrissyPalace) September 4, 2019
Welcome back Shaun, one of my favourites! Now a coaching role for Jedinak please!!!
— Michael (@michaeljcuell) September 4, 2019
Makes me feel all dewy eyed as Derry gave us some fantastic times and was a trojan and true leader on the pitch.
Welcome back Shaun!
— John (@Parky10000) September 4, 2019
what a leader, great to have him back
— Dave (@Delirious_Dave) September 4, 2019
Oh good hope he does well with us
— Mike Griffin (@MikeGri30760253) September 4, 2019