FORMER Saints midfielder Rory Delap has left his coaching role at Israeli side Maccabi Tel-Aviv after helping them to a league and cup double.

Delap was working under fellow former Republic of Ireland international Robbie Keane and guided The Yellows to their 25th league title.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv finished nine points clear of Maccabi Haifa - in large part thanks to the goals of star forward Eran Zahavi.

Maccabi owner Mitch Goldhar said: "I would like to thank Robbie and his team, Rory Delap, Dave Sarakan, Mike Stawell, and Phillip Hudson for their hard work and dedication during this season and for bringing the championship back to Maccabi."

The 47 year old played 152 times for Southampton between 2001 and 2006. He also earned 11 caps for Ireland.

Russell Martin's Saints have been linked with a move for Delap's son Liam, who is currently contracted to Manchester City.

Southampton have been linked to Rory Delap's son Liam, 21.Southampton have been linked to Rory Delap's son Liam, 21. (Image: PA)

He grabbed eight goals in 31 matches while on loan at Hull City as they missed out on a spot in the Championship playoffs.

Man City reportedly turned down a bid worth from Saints for Delap in 2022, worth £16million, after a brilliant Premier League 2 campaign.

He has since made 68 appearances in the Championship, having also turned out for Stoke City and Preston North End.