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Saturday 21 April 2018

Doolin bags Irish U-23 post

Neil Ahern

PAUL Doolin was yesterday announced as the new manager of Ireland's U-23 side, and the former Drogheda United boss admitted straight away that he would not continue in the international role if a club job were to come along due to "conflicting interests".

The Dubliner takes over from Pat Fenlon, who faced calls for his resignation during his reign from former Shamrock Rovers boss Pat Scully due to the fact that he managed Bohemians as well as the Airtricity League representative side.

But Doolin insists that he would not attempt to juggle the two jobs if a club did come knocking. "I think you'd have to give it up, I think that's only right," he said.

"You can't have a club job and an international job, you would have conflicting interests."

Ireland feature in Group B of the International Challenge Trophy alongside an England team which will consist of Blue Square Premier League players, as well as Estonia, and their first game is against England at the RCS in Waterford on May 26.

Players eligible to play for the U-23 side this year include Bohemians' Conor Powell and Paddy Madden, Sporting Fingal's Ronan Finn and Sligo Rovers striker Padraig Amond.

Irish Independent

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