Friday 19 January 2018

Quinn: Kerr best for U-21s

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

IF Niall Quinn was given the job of finding a new U-21 manager, he would train his sights on Brian Kerr, with Pat Fenlon as the back-up option.

Quinn feels that FAI High Performance Director Wim Koevermans should go for a homegrown candidate to replace Don Givens, simply because there are two outstanding people in that category.

Acknowledging that Kerr has issues with the FAI, he reckons that his former U-21 team-mate, Fenlon, would then be the right man for the job.

"I'd trust the set-up now to find the right person. I'm not so sure restricting it to one of our own is the right way to go, as the best man for the job should be the best man for the job, but if I was head-hunting, I'd go for Brian," said Quinn.

"He'd be the best shout at home, if he was given the flexibility. I think he felt restricted in the senior job. He has the credentials.

"After that, there's Pat. There were clubs in Britain looking at him and he has all the coaching badges. The beauty of a home-grown applicant is that they under-stand what Irish football needs. I'd love a home appointment."

Irish Independent

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