Foley on Irish coaching ladder
KEVIN FOLEY will return to Dublin this week to link up with some of his former Ireland team-mates as the anniversary of his controversial omission from Giovanni Trapattoni's Euro 2012 squad approaches.
The Wolves defender, who decided to take a break from international football after he was dramatically replaced at the last minute for Poland, will start his coaching badges in a group that also includes John O'Shea, Andy Keogh, Keith Andrews, Stephen Kelly, Jonathan Walters, Glenn Whelan and the player who took his Euros place, Paul McShane.
They will participate in a combined UEFA 'A' and 'B' diploma course. Retired international Gary Kelly and Alan Quinn will also take part.
The initiative stems from the FAI's attempts to get more current and former internationals on to the coaching ladder. Robbie Keane recently spoke out about the dearth of former players coming through the system.