Former Scunthorpe and Bohemians midfielder, Ian Morris, has been appointed head coach of Shelbourne ahead of the 2019 season.

The 31-year-old Dubliner will take over the reins at the Tolka Park club with immediate effect, after spending the last two seasons at Dalymount Park.

Morris spent ten years in England, starting off at Leeds United before enjoying spells at Blackpool, Scunthorpe, Torquay and Northampton Town.

The former Ireland Under-19 and Under-21 international returned to Ireland in 2015 and had spells at St Patrick’s Athletic and Glenavon, before moving to Bohemians as Youth Development officer.

Morris subsequently combined his coaching and playing roles with the Gypsies and played over 60 matches for Bohs over the past three seasons.

"I'm absolutely delighted to become the manager of Shelbourne," said Morris.

"As soon as I spoke with Andrew, Joe and Dave I was excited with what is planned for the club. Make no qualms about it, our aim is to get promoted next year.

"This will be reflected in the players and staff that are committing to our club for next year and beyond.

"I am really looking forward to immersing myself in the role and am excited about what the future holds for the club."

Shelbourne CEO David O’Connor added: "Ian has had a distinguished and highly successful career in England and since he has returned to Ireland, he has proven himself to be a fantastic coach, particularly with young players.

"Ian possesses all of the attributes we were looking for in a head coach.

"His knowledge of the game is excellent and his work ethic, self-belief and leadership skills will be evident to everyone."