Thursday 18 January 2018

King steps up from ladies job to take over as Ireland U-21 manager

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

NOEL KING will be unveiled as the new Ireland U-21 manager at a press conference in Abbotstown today.

A former manager of Shamrock Rovers, Derry City and the Ireland women's team, King succeeds Don Givens in the role and will take charge of his first game next month when Estonia visit Tallaght for a UEFA European Championship qualifier.

The move will see the Dubliner leave his position with the women's team after 10 years at the helm, but he will remain in charge of the U-17 women's team, who reached the European final last month, for the duration of the World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago in September.

As a result, FAI international performance director Wim Koevermans will take temporary charge of the U-21s when they take on Switzerland and Turkey in early September.

Women's U-19 manager Sue Ronan will take temporary charge of the women's team while the association advertise that position.

King (above) said he was thrilled with his new job.

"I am delighted to take on the exciting role of head coach with the Republic of Ireland U-21 team," he said.

"I have been involved with the women's squads for 10 years and I have thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to help develop women's football in Ireland. This new role will see me work with players at a vital stage in their careers and it is a challenge that I am looking forward to."

A FAI Cup winner with Home Farm in 1975, King had three spells with Shamrock Rovers, where he won two League of Ireland titles and another FAI Cup medal. Jim McLaughlin made him a player-coach after he took an early interest in coaching.

King also played for Bohemians, Dundalk, Derry City and French club Valenciennes before finishing his playing career as player-manager of Derry City, guiding them out of the First Division.

He was on the bench alongside Jack Charlton during Italia '90 as part of the back-room team and he had subsequent spells as manager at Rovers, Limerick and Finn Harps before coaching the Ireland women's team.

Irish Independent

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