Duff left his role as the Republic of Ireland’s assistant coach in January
Republican legend Damien Duff has been named head coach of Irish club Shelbourne.
The former Chelsea and Blackburn winger moves into the top division following the Dublin club’s promotion.
It is Duff’s first head coach who previously served as an assistant for Celtic and the Republic.
Most recently, he headed the Shelbourne U17 team and joined the club’s preparations for its return to the Premier Division.
“I’m very interested in youth development in Ireland and Irish football in general,” said Duff.
“[I] see this as a great opportunity to build something that both the club, its fans and I can be proud of. “
Duff, who won 100 c -s for his country, spent 18 months coaching the Celtic first team before returning to the international squad in -ril 2020 as part of Stephen Kenny’s backroom team left nine months later.
Shelbourne secured an immediate return to the top division of this year’s First Division after being relegated from the top division in 2020.