Dundee FC have appointed former Airdrie manager Jimmy Boyle as their new head of youth development.
Boyle was boss of Airdrieonians for three years between 2010 and 2013, guiding them to promotion to the 1st Division.
Boyle holds both an ‘A’ Licence and his Youth Licence and after leaving Airdrie, moved straight into a role with the Scottish Football Association where he was part of their licensing set-up, including coaching coaches and managers, licensing coaches and managing coach and player development.
His role at Dens will see him take on a similar role with the academy set up.
He will be in charge of the club’s youth set up right through to the under-20s in the SPFL Development League.
It is designed to create a route for the youngsters from an early age to the full- time set up.
Manager Paul Hartley said: “We are delighted to have Jimmy as part of the club.
“He is fully qualified for the role and his experience and links with the SFA will be a valuable asset to our academy system.”
Managing Director John Nelms said: “It was a long search to ensure we got the man who fits the high standards we have set for our academy.
“Jimmy’s philosophies and standards will raise the level not only of our players but also our coaches in our quest to develop our young players into modern professionals.
“Jimmy has a wealth of experience and great ties throughout the country and is another solid brick in the foundation of our great club.’