Tom Elmes has been appointed as the new assistant coach of the Republic of Ireland women's team.

Vera Pauw's squad are back at Tallaght Stadium for two crucial World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Georgia on 25 and 30 November as they look to build on last month's win away to Finland.

Elmes replaces Eileen Gleeson, who has departed to take over as head coach with Glasgow City.

The new assistant will continue in his role as Ireland women's under-16 boss.

Elmes previously guided Wexford Youths to a Women's National League title and two FAI Cups.

Looking ahead to his new challenge, Elmes said: "This is a great opportunity for me to work with and learn from Vera, as well as the Republic of Ireland women's national team players as we look to qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time so far with the Football Association of Ireland, even if it's been a bit of a whirlwind; leading the women's under-16s, working alongside James Scott with the women's under-17s, being part of the WNT home-based sessions and learning from everyone involved in the international set-up through our regular interactions.

"This is a really exciting time for women's football and I'm delighted to be asked to join a team that has been performing brilliantly for quite a while now.

"I look forward to linking up with Vera, Jan Willem van Ede, Andy Holt and the rest of the staff as we set out preparing for the two home games this month."

Reacting to the appointment, Pauw said: "I'm delighted to welcome Tom to our team. He is an excellent coach with a deep knowledge of the Irish game, the players available to us and, crucially, how we want to do things within the Republic of Ireland international set-up."