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Wednesday 23 August 2017

FAI seal new Dokter deal

Ruud Dokter, High Performance Director, FAI. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Ruud Dokter, High Performance Director, FAI. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The FAI have opted to keep things in-house yet again in terms of appointments as Dutchman Rudd Dokter has been given a new five-year contract.

Dokter, who succeeded his fellow Dutchman Wim Koevermans as High Performance Director in 2013, will now stay on in his position until 2020.

"It is great working with the clubs and all of the affiliates and everybody in the football community. This is an exciting time for Irish football," Dokter said.

"It is important for me to say that in the two and a half years I've been here I feel that so much has been accomplished and I didn't hesitate for a second to renew my contract with the FAI."

With Martin O'Neill expected to sign a new deal as senior team manager, the extension of Dokter's contract will be seen as some welcome stability in the association, though many figures within the game have wondered about recruitment policies which have seen many posts stay within the association.

One key post about to be filled is the job of Ireland U19 manager, which will become vacant when Paul Doolin finishes his contract shortly.

Former internationals Kenny Cunningham and Mark Kinsella have been linked with the job, along with John McDonnell and Martin Russell, Cunningham reportedly the favourite, but the job could also end up in the hands of a current member of FAI staff.

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