Stephen Kenny confirms U-21 backroom team as he names first squad
Jim Crawford and Keith Andrews have been confirmed as assistant coaches to Stephen Kenny for the Ireland Under-21 team.
Kenny today unveiled his first squad, a home-based selection, as he embarks on a venture into the international fold that will see him assume control of the senior team in August 2020 at the latest.
The first game of the Euro 2021 qualification campaign for the Under-21s will take place on March 24 against Luxembourg at Tallaght Stadium.
Before that, Kenny assembles a squad drawn solely from the League of Ireland - and two from the Irish League - for two days of training culminating in a workout against the Ireland amateur team on February 6.
Ex-Newcastle United midfielder Crawford should prove a vital asset to Kenny. The Dubliner currently combines his role as the FAI's development officer in Kildare with his role managing the Under-18 squad.
Kenny's U21 squad will compete in the Toulon Tournament this summer. Ireland haven't participated in the event since 2002.
Republic of Ireland U-21 Training squad
Goalkeepers: Conor Kearns (UCD), Ross Treacy (Dundalk)
Defenders: Andy Lyons (Bohemians), Darragh Leahy (Bohemians), Conor McCarthy (Cork City), Trevor Clarke (Shamrock Rovers), Liam Scales (UCD), John Mahon (Sligo Rovers).
Midfielders: Dan Mandriou (Bohemians), Will Fitzgerald (Limerick), Aaron Bolger (Shamrock Rovers), JJ Lunney (Waterford), Jamie Lennon (St. Patrick's Athletic), Brandon Kavanagh (Shamrock Rovers), Robbie McCourt (Bohemians).
Forwards: Ronan Hale (Crusaders), Neil Farrugia (UCD), Michael O'Connor (Linfield), Will Fitzgerald (Limerick), Zach Elbouzedi (Waterford), Karl O'Sullivan (Limerick).
Republic of Ireland U-21 Coaching Staff
Manager: Stephen Kenny
Assistant Coaches: Keith Andrews, Jim Crawford
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Damien Doyle
Goalkeeping Coach: Dan Connor
Performance Analyst: Gary Seery
Physiotherapist: Kevin Mulholland
Team Doctor: Ronan Kearney