Stephen Kenny makes three key appointments to Backroom Team

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Stephen Kenny makes three key appointments to Backroom Team

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has appointed Ruaidhri Higgins, Damien Doyle and Kevin Mulholland to his backroom team as he continues to prepare for his first game in charge, the UEFA Nations League visit to Bulgaria in September.
27th May 2020

Ruaidhri Higgins (pictured left) will take up the role of Senior National Team Chief Scout and Opposition Analyst, Damien Doyle (pictured centre) has been appointed as Head of Athletic Performance and Kevin Mulholland (pictured right) joins the medical team as a Chartered Physiotherapist.

A native of Limavady in Co. Derry, Ruaidhri Higgins (35) played for Stephen Kenny for five years at Derry City. He won the League as a player with Dundalk alongside Stephen in 2014 and won it again as Opposition Analyst and Coach in 2018 and as Assistant Manager a year later.

Damien Doyle (40), from Portmarnock in Dublin, spent 18 years working in the UK with Leicester City, Brentford and MK Dons, primarily as Head of Athletic Performance and has held a similar role with the Ireland Under-21 team for the last 18 months.

Like Damien, Kevin Mulholland (35) was part of Stephen’s backroom team with the Irish Under-21 squad as Lead Physiotherapist. Kevin, from Knockbridge in County Louth, is lead Performance and Injury Prevention Physio at Premier League side Southampton and has also worked with Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City in the past.

Welcoming the appointments, Ireland manager Stephen Kenny said: “I’m delighted to welcome Ruaidhri, Damien and Kevin, they are great additions to the backroom team. They each have a great work ethic and a high level of professionalism and we are all looking forward to the campaign ahead.”