Former Republic of Ireland defender Curtis Fleming has been appointed as assistant manager at Bristol City.

The 52-year-old initially joined manager Nigel Pearson's coaching staff at the Championship club in July to cover for Paul Simpson who was receiving treatment for renal cell carcinoma.

Simpson has now returned and will serve as a first-team coach, with former St Patrick's Athletic, Middlesbrough, Shelbourne and Crystal Palace full-back Fleming taking the reins as assistant.

"I'm really pleased to have Curtis on board permanently. He is a fantastic coach and has added another dimension to the set-up," said Pearson.

"Curtis has settled in well and we've seen his impact in the short time he has been with us. Everybody is looking forward to continuing the season with him."

Curtis Fleming in action for Ireland against Mexico at the 1996 US Cup

Fleming, who managed Punjab FC in India last season as well as holding previous first-team coaching roles at Boro, Palace, Hartlepool, Bolton and QPR, spoke positively of his experience at Bristol since his summer arrival.

"Everybody has been so welcoming since I arrived and I’ve enjoyed every minute so I’m very excited to continue working as assistant manager," he said.

"It’s a fantastic set-up here and I’m very much looking forward to helping the team have a successful season."

Fleming won 10 Ireland caps between 1996 and 1998 and began his career in the League of Ireland at St Patrick's Athletic when he was signed by Brian Kerr in 1987.

He then spent a decade at Middlesbrough between 1991 and 2001 where he featured regularly in the Premier League, before a short spell at Shels in 2005.

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