The FAI have confirmed that Colin Bell will take over as head coach of the Republic of Ireland Women's International Senior Team.

Bell fills the vacancy left by Sue Ronan who stepped down after six years in charge of the Irish team.

The new Ireland boss begins the new role on Monday, 13 February and is due to depart SC Sand in the Frauen Bundesliga shortly.

Following a playing career with FSV Mainz 05, Leicester native Bell moved into coaching where he has worked in both the men's and women's game over the last three decades, working alongside from the likes of current Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp.

In 2015, Bell guided FFC Frankfurt to glory in the UEFA Women's Champions League - having previously won the DFB-Pokal der Frauen (German Women's Cup) and brought the club back into the Champions League, as well as spending time at Bad Neuenahr - before moving on to Avaldsnes IL in Norway and back to Germany with SC Sand.

Currently 34th in the FIFA Women's World Rankings, the Ireland Women's Senior Team has yet to qualify for a major tournament and that challenge is something that attracted Bell to the job.

"I'm very proud to be given this opportunity to lead the Republic of Ireland Women's Senior Team and I regard it as a big honour," said Bell.

"I will do my very best to help women's football in Ireland continue to grow and to make it more attractive to young girls, who can have the dream of playing football at a high level.

"I want to help the Women's Senior Team to become role models for young girls to look up to and I want to instil the values of the FAI into this job as I aim to be as successful as I can be.

"It is a dream come true to be given the opportunity to become a national team coach and it is something during my 27 years coaching that I always wanted to be. Now, I'm looking forward to getting started." 

FAI CEO, John Delaney, believes the appointment of Bell is a statement of intent by the Association to compete with the best teams in Europe and beyond.

"We have made huge strides in the development of women's football, particularly at underage level and with our Emerging Talent Programme, but it's time to take that next step at senior level," said the CEO.

"Recently, the FAI have made some really important appointments at international level and Colin's arrival continues that trend as we maintain our pursuit for excellence with each of our teams and to qualify for major tournaments.

"Colin will bring a fresh approach and a winning mentality, so I'm looking forward to the years ahead with Colin in charge of the Women's Senior Team."