Dundalk boss Vinny Perth has confirmed that his assistant Ruaidhri Higgins has left the club to take up a role with the Republic of Ireland.

Back in April, when Stephen Kenny took over from Mick McCarthy, the FAI made an approach for Higgins, but the Lilywhites were unhappy with the manner in which it was made.

"The manner in which the approach was conducted is something that I'm not happy about and I will leave that with our board of directors and the FAI to deal with," Perth said at the time.

"I feel very strongly about protecting our staff and players and the board have been exceptional with this since I took over. We have people under contract and those contracts need to be honoured and respected."

However on Wednesday evening the reigning Airtricity League of Ireland champions confirmed that a deal had been finalised with the governing body.

Higgins will be Kenny's chief scout and opposition analyst, joining Keith Andrews, Damien Duff and Alan Kelly on a new-look back-room team.

"The FAI has reached an agreement to enable Ruaidhri's departure," said Perth.

"We put a huge emphasis and value on contracts at this club and we are satisfied that the matter has been dealt with in the correct manner."

As a player, Higgins won a league title with Dundalk in 2014 before returning to the club three years later - when Kenny was managing the Oriel Park outfit - as opposition analyst.

He assumed the assistant head coach position when Perth took charge in January 2019 and helped the club to four major trophies last season.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Ruaidhri and he leaves with the well-wishes of everyone in Dundalk," added Perth.

"He was a popular and valuable member of our backroom team and I would like to thank him for the support and assistance he gave me during his time at the club.

"If you want a championship-winning team, then I believe you need championship-winning staff. Ruaidhri was certainly that and I’ll always be grateful to him for what he did for me."

Meanwhile, the FAI has confirmed that Damien Doyle has been appointed as Head of Athletic Performance and Kevin Mulholland joins the medical team as a chartered physiotherapist.

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