Monday 19 February 2018

Ronan looks to secure future

Stephen Finn

SUE RONAN can step up her claim to become the permanent manager of the Republic of Ireland women's international team tonight when the girls in green face Israel in a World Cup qualifier.

After masterminding an impressive 1-1 draw with top seeds Russia on Saturday, interim boss Ronan would like to finish off her temporary assignment on a high at the Carlisle Grounds (7.30).

U-19s boss Ronan took the senior hot seat when Noel King was elevated to the men's U-21 role and she is a contender for the position in the long-term.

"I've no idea what the situation is. I'm interim manager and the job was advertised, so I applied, like I'm sure a lot of people did," said Ronan, whose team can not qualify for the finals.

"I'm sure there'll be an interview process. They'll probably get these games out of the way and then go through the process.

"My chances may have taken a dip if we'd taken a hiding on Saturday. Noel had picked the squad before I came in. In that case, I wouldn't like to be judged on that, but you can't have it every way."

Ronan was extremely proud of the display her charges produced against the Russians in Wexford to secure the best-ever result for an Irish women's team against a top-tier nation.

"The tactics will be different for the Israel game. It's an opportunity to do something different and see how good we are going forward," she said.

Irish Independent

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