Having only just retired from Shamrock Rovers, ex-midfielder Stephen McPhail has landed a new role as sporting director of the Dublin club.
The ex Ireland International whose career saw him represent Leeds United, Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff City before returning home to Ireland in 2014 and joining Rovers.
Shamrock Rovers today announced McPhail’s appointment with the following statement on their website:
“As our Sporting Director, Stephen will be heavily involved throughout every aspect in improving Shamrock Rovers,”
“In the short term he will work very closely with the Board to appoint the best person to lead the first team forward.
“The task of recruiting new players for next season is already well underway and Stephen will be central to this process.
“Growing our brand, developing protocols that cover fresh recruitment strategies, junior and senior, and instilling a discipline that demands the highest standards of performance and behaviour from each and every employee that represent Shamrock Rovers will also fall under Stephen’s remit.
“The continued development of our training base in Roadstone is also of extreme importance and alongside Shane Robinson and Stephen Bradley, Stephen McPhail will provide considerable influence on how that development takes shape.
“Most importantly the position of Sporting Director will provide a link between the Academy and senior management team and this structure will be imperative to the continued success of our strategy as we look to develop the football club from top to bottom.”
McPhail played in the Champions League with Leeds United has represented Shamrock Rovers over 50 times.
This appointment is in a newly created role in the club that will strive to improve the standard of football not just with Rovers but in the League of Ireland which is currently going from strength to strength with the achievements of Dundalk this season giving the league worldwide recognition.
Damien McEvoy Pundit Arena.