Sunday 19 November 2017

'We will set standards now' - New Ireland women's boss Colin Bell relieved FAI dispute was resolved

Republic of Ireland head coach Colin Bell during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland head coach Colin Bell during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Paul Hyland

Paul Hyland

Irelands senior women's international squad returned to training at the FAI HQ in Abbotsown following the settlement of their disputes over conditions.

New manager Colin Bell welcomed his players back after a week of controversy and tried to draw a line under the matter before Mondays friendly against Slovakia in Tallaght.

"I'm happy it's been sorted out. The unity is the FAI and the team. We're in it together. Conditions have been sorted,"  he said.

"This thing has put focus on the women's national team which is good. But they have to know they are in focus and it is after all about playing football.

"Ireland have not qualified before. You're not thinking about conditions you're thinking about your opponent.

"I don't like excuses and hiding behind things. Now that the conditions are sorted out, we will set the standards and that will come from me and nobody else," he added.

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