Pat Scully has been confirmed as the new manager of Shamrock Rovers.

Scully guided Kilkenny City to a creditable fourth place in the eircom League First Division this season and has been touted as a leading candidate for the Hoops post.

Rovers were relegated from the top flight for the first time in their illustrious history on Friday following a play-off defeat to Dublin City.

Rovers chairman Jonathon Roche broke the news in a statement released earlier today: "Shamrock Rovers FC are pleased to announce the appointment of Pat Scully as the Hoops' new manager."

"It was vitally important that we made an appointment as soon as possible," said Rovers chairman Jonathan Roche. "We feel Pat is the ideal man for the job: he's young, ambitious and just had a great season at Kilkenny.

"He's on holiday this week, but we wanted a message to go out to everyone – especially the fans and the players – that Shamrock Rovers mean business. Next season starts now."

Scully takes the reins from Roddy Collins, who was dismissed in controversial circumstances on Tuesday.