Former Northern Ireland midfielder Jim Magilton has been appointed Dundalk's new sporting director.

The 51-year-old Belfast man has been working as the elite performance director at the Irish Football Association (IFA) for the past seven years, but RTÉ Sport reported last month that he was being lined up for a move to the League of Ireland club

Magilton played over 550 competitive games in England for Oxford United, Southampton and Ipswich Town, winning 52 caps for his country.

After hanging up his boots in 2006, he spent three years as manager of Ipswich and also had a spell at QPR before taking up the number two role at Shamrock Rovers in 2011, helping Michael O’Neill’s side to the SSE Airtricity League title and qualification for the Europa League group stages.

After a short time in Australia as head coach of Australian A-League side Melbourne Victory, Magilton returned home to become the IFA’s elite performance director in 2013 where he was responsible for player development and the association’s coach education programme. 

He will take up the newly created role at Oriel Park on Monday. 

On Tuesday the Lilywhites confirmed that Filippo Giovagnoli has been appointed as the club's head coach on a permanent basis.

The Italian led the club to FAI Cup glory on Sunday with a 4-2 defeat of Shamrock Rovers after extra-time.