The Dublin District Schoolboys and Girls League, a powerhouse in underage football, has appointed it’s first ever full time Director of Football.

Barry Ferguson is to take up his role in the middle of next month having previously been a Dublin regional manager with the FAI. He had a distinguished career as a footballer playing in the league himself before going on to represent Coventry City, Colchester United, Hartlepool United and Northampton Town in the English Football League as well as Longford Town, Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers in the League of Ireland.

Ferguson’s son Evan is a rising star in the English Premier League with Brighton and with the Republic of Ireland team.

The League consists of over 130 clubbs and will cater for 40,000 players in the capital this coming season.

Ferguson will report directly to the League’s Board of Directors, acting as the strategic lead for development and all the Leagues football activities, including Club Development, Coach Education, Player Pathways/Development and partnerships with various footballing partners.

“The Board are delighted to continue the expansion of our professional management team with the appointment of a director of football,” they said in a statement.

“He will assume responsibility for all footballing matters in the league, which will also continue the recent and exciting progression between the DDSL and FAI in many areas with the focus on Club /Coach Development, Participation and most importantly the players who participate in the DDSL.