Noel King was recently confirmed as the new head coach of the Republic of Ireland Under-21 team. His first game in charge will be on 10 August when they host Estonia in a UEFA European U21 Championship qualifying match at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin.
King, 54, brings a wealth of experience to the post. After a long stint in domestic management with clubs such as Shamrock Rovers FC, Derry City FC, Limerick FC and Finn Harps FC, he was appointed head coach of the Republic of Ireland senior women's team in 2000.
Since then, King has played a vital role in raising the profile of women's football in Ireland. The senior women's team has made significant progress under his guidance, while the women's U17 side finished second at their European Championship in Nyon, Switzerland, in June.
That success assured the U17s of a place at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago in September. King will continue to manage this team for the duration of the World Cup, with Football Association of Ireland (FAI) international performance director, Wim Koevermans, temporarily taking the U21 helm for the matches away to Switzerland on 3 September and Turkey on 7 September.
The position of senior women's head coach will be advertised immediately, with current women's U19 boss Sue Ronan taking over on an interim basis.
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