Sunday 18 November 2018

Reid interested in Irish U-21 position

'Reid (37) has suggested that the U-21 opportunity would appeal to him, with the Londoner prepared to take the responsibility of a number one in whatever his next role proves to be.' Photo: Getty
'Reid (37) has suggested that the U-21 opportunity would appeal to him, with the Londoner prepared to take the responsibility of a number one in whatever his next role proves to be.' Photo: Getty
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Former Ireland international Steven Reid has indicated he would be open to speaking with the FAI about the U-21 manager's role vacated by Noel King.

Reid has been out of work since leaving his role as first-team coach at Crystal Palace in September due to personal reasons which required a break from football.

He retains a good relationship with Palace boss Roy Hodgson and had previously worked under Steve Clarke and Jaap Stam at Reading.

Reid (37) has suggested that the U-21 opportunity would appeal to him, with the Londoner prepared to take the responsibility of a number one in whatever his next role proves to be.

"It could possibly tempt me, it definitely could," said Reid, speaking to the Keith Andrews Show on OffTheBall.com.

"I think it's an important role. You're looking at an U-21 group where most of them are in the development stage so I don't think it can go to someone who has no experience in that type of role or working in the game.

"It would be a difficult one for a first job to head that up. The FAI might already have someone in mind that they have earmarked.

"After the last three years, you get a feel of what you like (as a coach), what you maybe don't like as much and then sometimes you get a little bit frustrated as well and you think that you want to plan a session a day or two before or however you might want to work (as a manager)."

Robbie Keane and Damien Duff have been linked with roles in a new set-up, although that is in the context of the duo working alongside a manager as opposed to taking control themselves.

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny's name has been mentioned but that is not thought to be a realistic option with the Dubliner under contract until 2020 and focused on another proper crack at Europe next year with the backing of the double winners' owners.

His name is now in the mix as a potential long-term successor to Martin O'Neill and Oriel Park authorities do not believe Kenny would be tempted by a lesser role within the Irish set-up.

Irish Independent

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