Dundalk manager Vinny Perth has confirmed that his number two, Ruaidhri Higgins, has left the club to take up a role with the Republic of Ireland senior international team.
The FAI made an approach for the 35-year-old’s services back in April and, speaking to dundalkfc.com on Tuesday, Perth said that a deal had been finalised with the governing body.
“The FAI has reached an agreement to enable Ruaidhri’s departure,” said Perth. “We put a huge emphasis and value on contracts at this club and we are satisfied that the matter has been dealt with in the correct manner.”
As a player, Higgins won a league title with Dundalk in 2014 before returning to the club three years later as opposition analyst. He assumed the assistant head coach position when Perth took charge in January 2019 and helped the club to four major trophies last season.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Ruaidhri and he leaves with the well-wishes of everyone in Dundalk,” said Perth. “He was a popular and valuable member of our backroom team and I would like to thank him for the support and assistance he gave me during his time at the club.
“If you want a championship-winning team, then I believe you need championship-winning staff,” he added. “Ruaidhri was certainly that and I’ll always be grateful to him for what he did for me.
“For too long, managers have overlooked people in the background but every person, including Ruaidhri, made a huge contribution last season and we all wish him the very best of luck.”