Dundalk have confirmed the appointment of former player Stephen O'Donnell as their new head coach.

Dave Mackey, who will be the as the Pro Licence holder on the coaching team, is the new first team manager while Patrick Cregg has taken up the position of assistant manager.

"Not only did I play for Dundalk, but I also lived in the town and I know the connection that's there between the club and the supporters. The mood of the club dictates the mood of the town," O'Donnell told dundalkfc.com.

"When you have a football crazy town like that, the potential is massive, and I felt I couldn’t turn this opportunity down.

"It’s a challenge I’m really excited about, and I can’t wait to get cracking with Dave and 'Padge' now."

O’Donnell, who guided St Patrick’s Athletic to FAI Cup glory last month with a penalty shoot-out win over Bohemians at the Aviva Stadium, replaces the outgoing Vinny Perth who departed Oriel Park as manager for the second time in 15 months in November.

Stephen O'Donnell lifts the league title as Dundalk captain in 2016

The Galway native brought his Dundalk playing days to an end in January 2019 and was immediately added to Perth’s coaching team as senior opposition analyst and scout.

In August 2019 he left that role to take on the head coach role at Richmond Park on a two-year deal, replacing the outgoing Harry Kenny.

After finishing second in the league to runaway victors Shamrock Rovers, O’Donnell guided St Pat’s to their first since 2014 only to confirm his departure five days later.

"Today, I informed St Patrick's Athletic of my decision to resign as Head Coach. I understand the club and supporters will be disappointed at my decision. However, I hope that, despite their disappointment, they can recognise that I have given everything during my time in charge."

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