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04th Sep 2019

Ireland appoint Dutch legend Vera Pauw to coach women’s team

Patrick McCarry

Among the 3,423 crowd at Tallaght Stadium, on Tuesday, was the woman that will lead Ireland through the EURO 2021 Qualifiers.

Vera Pauw watched on as Ireland, managed by Tom O’Connor, defeated Montenegro 2-0 to start their qualifying campaign in style.

This morning, the FAI confirmed that Pauw would be taking over from interim boss O’Connor with immediate effect. The 56-year-old led her native Netherlands to the European Championship semi finals in 2009 and has also coached Russia, Scotland and South Africa.

Katie McCabe in action against Darija Djukic of Montenegro during Ireland’s 2021 European Championships Qualifier. (Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile)

FAI general manager Noel Mooney said Pauw’s appointment is in line with the association’s objective of finding ‘the best manager to lead our talented squad to EURO 2021 in England while continuing to build sustainable growth in the high-performance sector of the women’s game’.

“Vera is a top-class manager,” said FAI high performance director Ruud Dokter, “who will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our Women’s National Team while contributing to a healthier women’s game in Ireland. I am very much looking forward to working with her.”

As for the qualifier itself, Ireland were comfortable 2-0 winners after captain Katie McCabe added to Tyler Toland’s early strike.

Next up for Pauw is a gentler opener against the Germans at Tallaght Stadium on September 22. Get a win or draw from that and Ireland should be in a decent position before an away spin against the Ukraine and Germany.