Shamrock Rovers have announced that Damien Duff will become the head coach of the club’s Under-15 team ahead of the inaugural FAI U-15 National League.
Former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland star Duff has been working a part of the Rovers coaching staff since arriving at the club in 2015, assisting with the first-team as well as youth teams as he embarks on his post-playing career in the game.
“Shamrock Rovers F.C. is delighted and honoured to announce Damien Duff as our new U15 National League Head Coach,” a statement released on the club’s official website read.
“Damien is already an integral part of our first team coaching staff and he will combine his existing first team duties with his new role in our Academy.”
In 2016, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) revealed that Duff was one of several former internationals to take on new roles within the national association’s under-age structures, with the 37-year-old aiding with the U-15 Republic of Ireland team.
The new U-15 National League gets under way in August 2017 and is the latest new development in Irish under-age football following the roll-out of the U-19 and U-17 leagues.