Diarmuid O’Carroll is Motherwell’s new Under 18s manager.
The 32-year-old replaces Darren O’Dea, who left for Celtic earlier this month.
As a player, O’Carroll started life at Celtic, but despite a loan to Ross County in 2007 and an Under 21 cap for the Republic of Ireland, he never made the breakthrough in the east end of Glasgow.
He spent a year at Morecambe and another at Airdrie, before signing a short-term deal with Valur in Iceland.
He returned to the UK in 2011 and spent the next seven years of his career in Northern Ireland, turning out for the likes of Glenavon, Cliftonville and Crusaders.
At almost all his clubs, Diarmuid has been involved in some element of coaching and it was whilst in Northern Ireland that he started his coaching education with the IFA, where he is now waiting to start his UEFA Pro Licence course.
Most recently, as well as been a UEFA B licence coach educator, O’Carroll has been working in Las Vegas.
“I’m really happy to be at Motherwell,” O’Carroll said: “I’m joining a great coaching staff and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“Once the opportunity arose, I knew it was one I wanted to take. This club has an exceptional pedigree of developing young talent, and I hope to play my part in helping the next generation come through.”
Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson added: “Diarmuid is an excellent addition and we are very much looking forward to working with him.
“We conducted a robust process with the appointment, which included a practical session on the park with our players, and we are excited by what he can bring to the group.”