SSE Airtricity League First Division champions Shelbourne will announce their new manager at noon tomorrow with former Republic of Ireland international Damien Duff expected to take up his first managerial post.

RTÉ Sport understands that the former Chelsea, Newcastle, Blackburn Rovers and Fulham player, who was the U17 coach for the Tolka Park outfit, initially turned down approaches from the club to step up to the senior manager's job but was asked to reconsider.

Shelbourne were crowned First Division champions last month, returning to the top flight at their first attempt. Despite achieving promotion, manager Ian Morris soon departed after three years at the helm.

Duff was previously a member of Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland coaching ticket, first-team coach at Celtic and also coached at underage level for Shamrock Rovers.

One of the Ireland's most illustrious footballers, he has two Premier League winners' medals from his time at Chelsea and earned 100 senior international caps between 1998 and 2012.

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