Saturday 23 March 2019

Heighway's in mix for U21 job

Ex-Ireland international Steve Heighway has emerged as one of the candidates to succeed Don Givens as manager of the Ireland U21 side.

The FAI are looking for a new U21 boss after Givens decided to quit after 10 years in the job, opting to walk away after back-to-back defeats to Armenia in the qualifying campaign for the European Championships where Ireland sit bottom of the group on four points from seven games.

The U21s are next in action at home to Estonia in August and the FAI hope to have a new manager in place within weeks, with 15 candidates interviewed for the job recently.

Ex-internationals Gary Breen, Kenny Cunningham and Jason McAteer were interviewed, along with home-based coaches Pat Fenlon, Paul Doolin and Noel King. Englishman Paul Ashworth, who achieved success as a coach in Latvia, was also considered.

But ex-Liverpool star Heighway, capped 34 times from 1970-1981, could be in line to land the post and reportedly made a good impression to the FAI's interview panel.

O'Flynn's eye on promotion

STRIKER Stephen O'Flynn wants to help Limerick FC get back into top-flight football after moving from Northampton Town.

The 28-year-old, who previously played for Cork City, Derry City and Limerick, was released by League Two side Northampton after making just five appearances last season, and now Limerick boss Pat Scully has brought the striker to the club alongside other new signings Dave Rogers and Tim Kiely.

"We're 16 years stuck in this division and it's time we got back where we belong. Rugby and Gaelic have taken over in terms of support in Limerick and it's time we changed that," said former Wimbledon man O'Flynn.

"I'm delighted to be back. Some of the players here were inexperienced last year but have come a long way in the past 12 months."

Bhoy Sheridan on Sofia radar

Irish U21 cap Cillian Sheridan has been linked with a move to Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia.

The Cavan native has a year left on his contract with Celtic but he is eager to secure his future at Parkhead after spending last season on loan at Plymouth and St Johnstone.

Meanwhile, League Two side Barnet have signed Ireland U19 cap Danny Kelly from Norwich.

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