Noel King confirmed as Ireland’s new U-21 manager

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Noel King was yesterday confirmed as the new Head Coach of the Republic of Ireland's Under-21 team

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Noel King was yesterday confirmed as the new Head Coach of the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21 team.

King will take charge of the side for the first time on 10 August when the team host Estonia in a UEFA European Championship qualifier at Tallaght Stadium.

King boasts a wealth of experience in domestic football in the Airtricity League. The 54-year-old has previously managed illustrious Irish clubs such as Shamrock Rovers, Derry City and Finn Harps.

“I am delighted to take on the exciting role of Head Coach with the Republic of Ireland Under-21 team,” said King.

He continued: “I have been involved with the women’s squads for ten years and I have thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to help develop women’s football in Ireland.”

“This new role will see me work with players at a vital stage in their careers and it is a challenge that I am immensely looking forward to, starting with the match against Estonia in Tallaght on August 10th.”

In 2000 King was appointed manager of the Ireland Women’s senior team and played a vital role in the strengthening of women’s football in Ireland.

The senior women’s side made significant progress under his guidance, while the U-17 Women’s side finished second at the UEFA European Championships last month.

The success of the U-17 side saw them qualify for the World Cup finals in September and King will manage the side for the duration of the tournament, with International Performance Director Wim Koevermans taking temporary charge of the men’s U-21s for their matches away to Switzerland on 3 September and Turkey on 7 September.

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