Damien Duff has resigned from his coaching role with the Republic of Ireland senior team with immediate effect.
The former Chelsea winger had been part of Stephen Kenny's backroom team since he inherited the Ireland job early last year, being part of the group for the recent UEFA Nations League campaign. He is highly regarded by the Ireland manager, who had sang hailed him impact on a number of occasions.
However, the FAI announced this evening that he would not be part of the coaching ticket moving forward.
Damien Duff has informed the Football Association of Ireland that he is stepping down from his role as coach to Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland team
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The reason for this move is not known as of yet.
Speaking to the FAI website, Duff wished the team the best moving forward:
I want to thank Stephen Kenny for the opportunity he gave me to coach with the senior Ireland team and I wish Stephen, Keith and the players all the very best of luck for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Stephen Kenny also thanked Duff for his services and wished him all the best in his future endeavours:
Damien is an excellent coach as he proved in his time with us and his contribution to the Irish team was greatly appreciated by myself, my staff and the players and I wish him the very best of luck for the future.
Before taking up this role with Ireland, Duff had cut his coaching teeth with the likes of Shamrock Rovers and Celtic.
It remains to be seen what his next move will be.