McCaffrey makes way
WIM Koevermans' restructuring of the Irish international underage set-up continued yesterday when it was announced that Sean McCaffrey will not have his contract renewed as the manager of the U-17, U-18 and U-19 teams.
The Monaghan man (below) will leave after seven years in the post and John Morling -- who is currently the manager of the U-15 and U-16 teams -- will now take over as the U-17s' manager, beginning in next month's European Championship qualification campaign opening game against Malta.
Niall Harrison takes the vacant U-15 manager's job left by Morling and the post as head coach of the U-18 and U-19 teams will now be advertised, as the FAI's High Performance Director Koevermans continues to implement sweeping changes in Irish football's youth system.
In July, Noel King was appointed as the Ireland U-21 manager to succeed Don Givens -- who left the role after 10 years in charge.
"We thank Sean for the service he has given to the association and the development of our young players," said Dutchman Koevermans of McCaffrey yesterday.
"After almost seven years in charge and with his contract expiring at the end of this year, the time is now right for a change of hands.
"The new U-18 / U-19 position will be advertised and we intend to make this appointment by the end of September.
"I take this opportunity to wish Sean every success for the future."