Tight Deadline for Bell Successor Appointment

The FAI has started the process of filling the position of the Republic of Ireland Women’s Senior International Team Head Coach, following Colin Bell’s decision to step down from the role.

It is expected that the successful applicant will be an established manager with a successful track record in football.

The job at hand will be to lead the team to qualification for the UEFA 2021 European Championships finals in England and improving Ireland’s position in the UEFA and FIFA rankings.

“We are determined to give our team the very best chance of qualifying for the UEFA European Championships in 2021, which take place on our doorstep in England,” said FAI General Manager Noel Mooney.

“This is a key leadership position within the FAI and Irish football. It is crucial for us is to recruit the right person to lead our Women’s Senior International Team to unprecedented success, while playing a significant role in the ongoing development of our elite International players and the education of elite coaches.”

“We’ve made significant progress with the Women’s National Team and we’re eager to continue that as we look to qualify for a major international tournament for the first time, starting with the qualifier against Montenegro at Tallaght Stadium in September.”

The deadline for applications is next Wednesday, July 17th with a shortlist drawn up in the days after and interviews planned to start the week after.

The commencement date is listed as ASAP but whether an appointment could be made in advance of the team facing the USA in the first match of their World cup Victory tour in California on August 3rd is not yet known.

Colin Bell took over from Sue Ronan who moved to a position as Head of Women’s Football having managed the team for six years, in 2017. Last year Ronon took charge of the U16 development team.

At the recent World Cup, ten of the 24 managers were Women including the high profile Jill Ellis of the USA, Sarina Wiegman of the Netherlands and Corrine Diacre of France.

Phil Neville also attracted a high level of publicity as Manager of the England team.

The leading home candidate for the position is likely to be Dave Connell who has had success on the European stage with the European U17 and U19 teams.

In that role, he will have overseen the early international careers of a number of the players that are currently playing at senior level, including captain Katie McCabe and is believed to be a popular choice among the players.


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