Ian Foster takes the helm as Plymouth Argyle's new head coach

Ian Foster  with Jason Byrne and Simon Madden during his tenure with Dundalk

Ian Foster with Jason Byrne and Simon Madden during his tenure with Dundalk Credit: Andy McDonnell (ETPhotos)

Plymouth Argyle have announced the appointment of Ian Foster as the new head coach.

The 47-year-old's managerial career, which began in Ireland, has led him to England and most recently to Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia as assistant manager.

Foster's journey in management started in Ireland where he secured league safety with Galway United and he led Dundalk into a European campaign as well as a Setanta Cup Final.

His coaching credentials also feature a stint with the World Cup-winning England Under-17 side and as an assistant to Phil Neville for the Senior Women’s team.

Additionally, Foster played a vital role in Portsmouth's title-winning season.

Simon Hallett, Chairman of Plymouth Argyle, expressed his excitement about Foster's arrival.

“Ian showed a passion and knowledge for the club throughout the interview process, and showcased in some detail how he sees the best way to take forward our exciting and dynamic young squad,” Hallett said.

“Having worked with some of the best players this country has produced, he has a passion for developing young footballers, as well as playing expansive, attacking football which fits perfectly with how we want the club to progress.

“I am excited to see how he takes the team forward and very much welcome him to Plymouth Argyle.”

Neil Dewsnip, Director of Football, praised Foster's coaching pedigree and his expertise with young players.

"He is the perfect person to take forward this incredible group of players we have."

First-team coach Kevin Nancekivell will be part of Foster’s coaching staff, with additional announcements about the backroom staff expected soon.