Saturday 16 December 2017

Ronan steps down from Ireland job

New role: Sue Ronan
New role: Sue Ronan

Jamie Holland

Sue Ronan will step down as head coach of the Republic of Ireland Women's team in November in order to put her entire focus into her role as head of women's football for the Football Association of Ireland.

Following 10 years as women's U-19 head coach, she took over the senior team in October 2010, leading up to Euro 2013, where Ireland managed a fourth-place finish in Group 4.

In the qualifying campaign for the 2015 World Cup, Ireland ended up third in their group, and they were fourth in their pool for Euro 2017.

Ronan insisted yesterday that the team has a bright future.

"It has been an absolute honour to have had the opportunity to manage my country for the last six years," she said.

"While we unfortunately haven't achieved our goal of qualifying for a final tournament, it has been a pleasure working with a such a group of dedicated players who have always given their all to me personally and for the green jersey.

"I feel with the experience we now have in this squad, along with the quality of youngsters on our underage teams, the future looks very bright and will ultimately lead us to that goal of playing amongst the elite of Europe at a major finals.

"In my role as head of women's football, I will be striving to put the structures in place that are absolutely necessary for this team to take that next step."

Irish Independent

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