Saturday 17 August 2019

Bell claims lack of FAI support for women's game prompted his exit

Colin Bell. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Colin Bell. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Colin Bell says it was the lack of support by the FAI for the growth of the women's game which forced him to quit his role as manager of the national team.

Bell (57) ended his two-year stint over the weekend when he quit, taking up a post as assistant to Jan Siewert at Huddersfield Town.

His exit is a blow for the women's squad ahead of the start of the Euro 2021 qualifiers in September and the latest consequence of the chaos which has engulfed the FAI since March.

Bell says he initially rejected the Huddersfield offer but at a meeting with the FAI last week, they were unable to meet his demands for an upping of standards.

"The progress in and around the women's game is just going too slow as far as I'm concerned," Bell told RTÉ.

"The FAI have to make sure that the women's game continues to grow and I think the plan that I had would have helped this.

"The women's national team has come on leaps and bounds but I was a little bit frustrated that the structures for underage football and the women's national league was too slow."

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