Sunday 4 December 2016

Mohan moves up FAI ranks to take over as U-19 manager

Published 12/04/2016 | 02:30

Tom Mohan will succeed Paul Doolin as manager of Ireland's U19's. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Tom Mohan will succeed Paul Doolin as manager of Ireland's U19's. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

The FAI have announced that Tom Mohan will succeed Paul Doolin as the manager of the Ireland U-19 side.

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Mohan, a Fermanagh man who played for Finn Harps and Derry City, is currently in charge of the U-17 side.

He took over that age group in 2012 and the highlight of his tenure was qualifying for last summer's European Championships in Bulgaria.

Kenny Cunningham and Keith Andrews were mentioned as candidates for the vacant post but it's understood that the FAI were strongly considering Limerick boss Martin Russell and experienced League of Ireland boss John McDonnell as alternatives to Mohan.

He will take up the post in May with Doolin returning to his job in the civil service after taking an extended career break. The FAI will have to search for his replacement at U-17 level.

"It is a great honour to manage your country at any level, but this is a step up for me and it is a challenge that I am looking forward to," said Mohan.

Challenge

"I hope my experience with the U-17 side, firstly assisting Sean McCaffrey and then John Morling, before becoming manager, will stand to me as I know how much of a challenge this position will be with the competition around Europe improving year on year.

"Paul [Doolin] did exceptionally well with the U-19s before me and he has left big shoes to fill, but I'm looking forward to the challenge."

U-15 manager Colin O'Brien is a possible contender for the U-17 job and his team enjoyed a 5-2 win over the Czech Republic in a friendly in Clonmel yesterday.

Adam Idah (Corinthians Boys) and Sean Brennan (Belvedere) scored twice for the hosts with Seanie Mahon (Cherry Orchard) also on target.

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