FAI braced for departure of U-19 manager Doolin in 2016
Published 15/12/2015 | 02:30
Paul Doolin is expected to step down from his post as Ireland U-19 manager next year.
The former Drogheda United league-winning manager, who was appointed to the position by the FAI in September 2010, is understood to have discussed his position with his employers in Abbotstown. It's believed that his likely departure from the role is related to the terms of his job in the civil service - the Dubliner has taken an extended career break to fulfil his duties within the FAI.
Doolin is well regarded by the FAI hierarchy, and the highlight of his tenure came in 2011 when he led Ireland to the European Championships in Romania after knocking out Italy. In the finals tournament, he succeeded in making it out of the group phase before suffering a heavy defeat to a classy Spain side.
Subsequent generations have performed reasonably well without getting across the line to make it to another tournament.
Last month, his side suffered a defeat on home soil against Scotland which cost them the opportunity to progress to the Elite Phase - the final round of qualifying - which was a major setback.
Doolin's last club role was a stint with Cork in 2009 and it is possible that he could return to the League of Ireland sphere in future in tandem with his day job.
Meanwhile, the Leesiders have agreed a new contract with highly regarded defender John Kavanagh. The versatile performer suffered dreadful luck with injuries this year and was absent for most of the campaign, including the FAI Cup final in November, with a knee problem.
"John had a horrendous couple of months last year after getting injured and he had an operation towards the end of the season," said manager John Caulfield. "He has a five-month recovery plan. He is doing well and we hope he will be back some time during pre-season."