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Friday 23 March 2018

Doolin to take over as Ireland U-19 manager

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

PAUL DOOLIN will be named as new Ireland U-18 and U-19 manager tomorrow, barring a last-minute hitch. The former Drogheda United and Cork City boss has beaten off stiff competition from within the domestic game to replace Sean McCaffrey.

It's understood that Doolin and the FAI still have to finalise details regarding his backroom staff.

The Dubliner wanted to bring in his own team but may have to work with existing FAI personnel because of budgetary reasons. The issue is expected to be resolved today.

Nine candidates were interviewed for the post, with high performance director Wim Koevermans part of the interview panel.

Doolin has recent experience of working with the FAI as the manager of the U-23 team drawn from the domestic game.

After a lengthy playing career in the League of Ireland and Irish League, he made a successful transition to management, with the highlight being title success with Drogheda in 2007.

However, financial difficulties precipitated his departure from the Boynesiders, and he encountered similar problems at Cork.

Doolin will have to hit the ground running in his new post. Ireland compete in the first phase of the U-19 UEFA Championship qualifiers in Bulgaria at the beginning of next month, when they will play Luxembourg, Serbia, and the hosts, with the top two teams qualifying for the elite stage.

Irish Independent

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