Monday 19 March 2018

Manager chaos may see Drogs' licence revoked

Neil Ahern

DROGHEDA UNITED were thrown into chaos last night when the FAI's Independent Club Licensing Comm-ittee refused to sanction the appoint-ment of Darius Kierans as the club's manager, even on a temporary basis.

The decision was made on the grounds that Kierans does not fulfil any of the alternative criteria set down for someone to manage a Premier Division team. The committee gave Drogheda until July 14 to make an appointment that meets with the criteria and warned it will meet again to impose sanctions -- which may ultimately include the withdrawal of the club's licence -- if that deadline is not met.

Meanwhile, Noel King remained coy yesterday about his chances of succeeding Don Givens as the Ireland U-21 manager after he led an Irish international women's team to a first major final. His U-17 team produced an astonishing performance in the semi-final of the UEFA European Championships in Switzerland on Tuesday, beating a Germany side that had never lost a game in European competition 1-0.

The victory means King's girls now face Spain in Saturday's final, while it also guaranteed them a place in the FIFA U-17 World Cup finals in Trinidad and Tobago later this year.

And after 10 years at the helm of female soccer in Ireland, he has his sights set on the vacant post in charge of the men's U-21 squad. King was tight-lipped, however, when asked if this most recent success had boosted his chances of landing the job.

"I think the dog on the street knows I'm interested in that job, but that will all handle itself," he said yesterday.

"I really don't want to hear or talk about that at the moment, certainly not until this week is over. It's not for me to say what will happen, it'll take care of itself. I'm just doing my job and I think the powers that be are happy with the job that I'm doing, but I'm just focused now on Saturday."

Having beaten European women's soccer giants Sweden and Denmark, as well as tournament favourites Germany, on the way to the final, the Irish girls' underdog tag is now slowly beginning to fade.

Irish Independent

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