Monday 21 January 2019

Ex-Ireland men land national team posts

AN IRISHMAN has been tasked with developing the next generation of young talent for England as ex-international Seán O'Driscoll is the new head coach of the English U19 side.

And his former team-mate with Ireland, Frank Stapleton, has also taken up a post at international level, heading to work with the national team of Jordan as Ray Wilkins' assistant.

Capped three times by Eoin Hand between 1982 and 1983, O'Driscoll (pictured, right) has been earning a good reputation at club level in recent seasons, having managed Bournemouth, Doncaster, Crawley, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City.

But now he's been added to the staff with England, taking charge of their U19s.

"I am excited by the approach now being undertaken and the ongoing work to put in place a strong England culture and identity in which both players and coaches can learn, develop and be successful," said the former Ireland cap.

"The vision is to produce intelligent, committed England teams that entertain, play without fear and are brave with the ball, all with the continuing aim of achieving sustained international success.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute at this pivotal time for English football."

The FA will hope that O'Driscoll can help keep dual-eligibility players like Jack Grealish in the England fold.

Stapleton, 57, has been out of coaching and management proper for some time as his last post was with New England Revolution 18 years ago.

He has been on the fringes of the game since then, doing TV and radio work and he was also a scout for the FAI.

But Stapleton is now back in the dugout, as new Jordan head coach Wilkins has added his former Manchester United team-mate to his staff.

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