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Thursday 14 December 2017

Noel King on his appointment

Noel King outlines his reaction to his appointment and his immediate plans for his role.

What it means

"I'm delighted to be given this opportunity and delighted that the FAI had the confidence in me to give me this responsibility. I believe in Ireland; the spirit and skills of the players; their never-say-die attitude. Everybody is aware of that trait in our squad. That's the starting point.

When he heard the news

"I was told on Monday. I was out for a jog and when I came back I saw that I had a number of missed calls from various people within the FAI management. The news came as a pleasant surprise."

Who will be on backroom staff?

"As things stand, Ruud Dokter will assist me for these games, but I haven't spoken to everybody in the coaching set-up. I don't think there'll be any changes to the existing current coaching team."

Darron Gibson, Stephen Ireland and Anthony Stokes have expressed a desire to return. Do you intend to include them?

"I need to sit down and put the squad together. I'd have no reason to block anybody out of the squad.

"As far as I'm concerned, I'm starting from a clean slate. It's my view of what should constitute the squad of 30-odd players that we'll put on standby and then the 23 that we'll call up and from there what the starting 11 should be.

"Through injury and unavailability we may well lose some players, but nobody will be excluded by me – and why would I exclude anybody?"

Do you want to be considered for the Ireland vacancy full-time?

"I'm just focusing on the job I was asked to do by the FAI. I'm inspired and delighted by this opportunity, but I'm also a realist."

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