Paul Doolin announced as Ireland Under 19 Manager
After interviewing nine people for the position, former UCD, Cork City and Drogheda United manager Paul Doolin was unveiled as the new manager of the Republic of Ireland under-18 and under-19 national teams. Previous youth boss Sean McCaffrey’s contract was not renewed by the FAI, and high performance director Wim Koovermans had been searching for a successor for the past month.
Doolin has had a long career in Irish football. He started out in 1981, scoring on his debut for Bohemians, and played for another six clubs in a twenty year career. A goal-scoring machine, he topped the Goals Scored charts on multiple occasions, and represented Ireland in qualifiers for the 1988 Olympic Games. He won the League of Ireland 4 times, and the FAI Cup 6 separate times, as well as twice being named PFAI Player of the Year.
As a manager, he lifted the League of Ireland trophy in 2007 with Drogheda United, as well as the FAI Cup and the Setanta Cup. He has been a manager for nearly a decade now, starting with UCD in 2001, before moving to Drogheda in 2003 and then Cork City in 2009.
Paul Doolin said: “It’s an honour for me to be appointed as Head Coach of the Republic of Ireland Under-18 and Under-19 squads. The chance to work with the best young players in the country is a fantastic opportunity and it is one that I am very much looking forward to. I would like to thank the FAI for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to getting down to work straight away.”
His first games in charge of the Ireland youth teams come in just a few weeks, with the Ireland under-19s set to face Serbia, Luxembourg, and Bulgaria in Group 10 of the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship First Qualification Round.
Ireland have not qualified for the tournament since its inception in 2002 (previously it was an under-18 competition), where we came fourth overall. Current Dundee United striker Jon Daly finished just one goal behind Spain’s Fernando Torres in the Golden Boot table. Of the 18 man squad, Stephen Kelly, Wayne Henderson, and Stephen Elliott have all gone on to be capped at senior level for Ireland.
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