Kenny Shiels has accepted an offer to become manager of BEC Tero Sasana FC in Thailand.
Such was his reputation given a strong track record from his time in youth and senior football in Northern Ireland, England and Scotland the FVFA always feared he would be head hunted.
It finally transpired last week when he accepted the bid from the Thailand Toyota Premier League side and will head out this week.
Jamie Swinney, head of Operations at FVFA said: “It is difficult to try and summarise Kenny’s tenure in a short sentence or two but I will try.
“Kenny made an immensely positive impact on the FVFA in the year he was involved. His passion and devotion to working with young players is second to none. His knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms required and factors which contribute to the development of young players made him the ideal person to lead the FVFA in our second season. I want to thank Kenny on behalf of everyone involved at the FVFA, there is no doubt in my mind he leaves Academy in a stronger position now from when he started and each young player has benefited greatly from his involvement.”
Shiels is the second high-profile departure from FVFA with Creag Robertson moving on in February to become Head of Football Operations at Falkirk.