Former Republic of Ireland international Curtis Fleming has landed his first managerial role after he was named as the new manager of Indian club Punjab FC. 

The 51-year-old will take the reins for the forthcoming 2020/21 I-League season. 

The full-back won 10 caps for his country and has enjoyed a number of coaching roles since dipping his toes at Crystal Palace when he was named interim boss in 2012 following the departure of Dougie Freedman having been the first-team coach. 

He spent four years as first team coach with Bolton Wanderers before joining Hartlepoool as assistant manager in 2016.

Ian Holloway brought Fleming to QPR as his assistant in 2016 while his most recent role was at former club Middlesbrough, where he was a first team coach until Tony Pulis' exit last year. 

"I'm looking forward to getting back out to the Punjab and the season ahead with @RGPunjabFC," he wrote on his Twitter account. 

Punjab FC finished third in last season's I-League.