February 28, 2021
News Sport

Waterford football legend and Blues coach drafted in to steer Ireland’s U21s

There will be more there an air of Waterford around the place when the Irish U21 soccer team meet next.

Not only have the FAI asked former Manchester United and Ferrybank native John O’Shea to come on board, they’ve also turned to current Waterford FC coach Jim Crawford to help steer the boat.

The changes have been rapid since it was revealed on Saturday that the FAI would ask Mick McCarthy to step aside with immediate effect to honour the contract of the former Ireland U21 and Dundalk boss, Stephen Kenny who is due to step up to Ireland manager in August.

Kenny will be joined by former internationals Damien Duff and Keith Andrews as his assistants in the senior set-up, while Crawford, a former Newcastle midfielder and one of Kenny’s assistants in the U21s, steps up to the role of coach and will be assisted by O’Shea.

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