FAI part company with Vera Pauw
Vera Pauw’s time as Republic of Ireland boss has come to an end.
After a 6 hour meeting of the FAI’s board yesterday, the association have decided against renewing the Dutchwoman’s contract when it expires at the end of this month.
The 60 year old was appointed in September of 2019, and led the Girls in Green to their first World Cup, and a world ranking of 22.
Ireland lost to Australia and Canada and drew with Nigeria down under.
Pauw had a public falling out with captain Katie McCabe during the tournament, with the Arsenal star asking the manager to make changes during the game with Nigeria with Pauw refusing, with the manager then saying in a post match interview that McCabe was “not the coach”.
McCabe responded with a social media post of just a zipped face emoji.
— Katie McCabe (@Katie_McCabe11) July 31, 2023
The FAI will now begin the hunt for a new permanent boss, with hopes that person could be in place for the nations League double header with Albania in October.
Eileen Gleeson will take over on a caretaker basis for the huge clash with Northern Ireland in the Nations League at the Aviva Stadium on September 23rd, and away to Hungary on the 26th.
In a statement released by the FAI last night, chief executive Jonathan Hill thanked Pauw for leading the Girls in Green to the world cup, and for all her hard work and commitment over the past four years.
“On behalf of the Football Association of Ireland, we would like to thank Vera for her hard work and commitment over the past four years and wish her well for the future. In particular, I wish to acknowledge the role she played in leading Ireland to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 where our women’s team made history and inspired a nation.“The future is bright for women and girls’ football and our focus now is building upon the work done by Vera and the historic achievements of our women’s team, which we see as a platform to support the next phase of the journey for the team, and more broadly the development of women and girls’ football in this country.”