Derry City have appointed Paddy McCourt as the club's new technical director, while chairman Philip O'Doherty has confirmed their playing budget will be increased by 30% for 2020.

The former Celtic and Finn Harps winger has been working as the head of the Candystripes' youth academy for over a year but is now set for a new role at his hometown club.

"Privileged to continue my association with this brilliant football club," McCourt tweeted after confirmation of the news.

"I look forward to working hard in my new role to improve all aspects of Derry City."

McCourt, 36, had a reputation as a dazzlingly talented midfielder capable of skating through defences with his trademark close control and dribbling ability. 

He also played for Shamrock Rovers, Barnsely and Luton Town before ending his career in Donegal with Harps in 2018. 

Meanwhile O'Doherty, who is a key backer at the club, revealed they would be making a dramatic increase in their budget.

He told the Derry Journal: "Declan's budget has been increased by 30% on last year.

"We haven't increased the ticket prices and we're expecting a wee bit more sponsorship but not much more.

"There's a fair amount of effort put in by the Board of Directors to basically to give Declan a bigger budget so he can compete at an even higher level than last year.

"We're making an effort in terms of increasing the budget and I do think we will challenge again this year.

"Dundalk will be very hard to peg back.

"All I can do is my bit and give him (Devine) a bit more for his budget but still keep the club on a sound financial footing."