Kenny Shiels appointed manager of Northern Ireland women's team
Former Derry City manager Kenny Shiels is back in football as manager of the Northern Ireland women's international side.
The 63-year-old had been out of the game since he left Derry City in October after a disappointing end to his reign at the Brandywell, but the IFA have given him the opportunity to coach their senior women's side.
Shiels said: “I am extremely proud to have been appointed to this role and I am delighted to be manager of my country’s senior women’s international team. Women’s football is the fastest growing area of the game and it is hugely exciting to be taking up this role at this time.
“I want to do everything that I can to bring success to Northern Ireland. There is a lot of work to do but I am convinced that I can help this group of players compete and push for qualification for major tournaments.”
Northern Ireland's women's side lost seven of their eight qualifiers for the World Cup.