New Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has raided old club Dundalk FC to add to his backroom team.

The new senior team boss is understood to have recruited the Lilywhites current assistant manager RuaidhrĂ­ Higgins to join him in his new coaching set up, which also includes former internationals Keith Andrews and Damien Duff.

A source at Oriel Park said the move was “likely” but players at the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division holders have already been informed of Higgins’ departure.

The 35-year-old Limavady native played for Kenny at both Derry City and Dundalk before rejoining the Louth men as the club’s opposition analyst in January 2017.

He then later became the club’s assistant manager alongside Vinny Perth in January 2019 following Kenny’s departure to take up the Republic of Ireland U-21 job.

Kenny officially succeeded Mick McCarthy as senior team manager last Saturday after the European Championship play-off with Slovakia was postponed.