McShane appointed Under 21s assistant

Paul McShane has been appointed assistant coach for the Republic of Ireland under 21s.

The Wicklow native, who was capped 33 times for Ireland and made over 450 professional appearances in England, will form part of head coach Jim Crawford’s backroom team.

McShane is part of the Manchester United academy set up, a role he will combine with his international duties.

He’ll link up with the Ireland squad ahead of next week’s double header at Turner’s Cross, as the Boys in Green host Turkey and San Marion in their European Championship qualifiers.

McShane said: “I can’t wait to get started with the Under-21s. I played for Ireland in the youth ranks from the age of 14 before going on to play senior level, so for me it is about passing on the experience I had as a player with the aim to help develop the next generation.“I’m looking forward to it, I’m still learning as a coach and it has been a whirlwind few years since transitioning from player to coach but this is an unbelievable opportunity to coach with my country.” Ireland Under-21 Head Coach Jim Crawford added: “I’m excited to have Paul on board with us. Speaking with people at Manchester United, he is very highly thought of and having seen Paul through his UEFA Pro Licence he has certainly impressed. “His experience playing for Ireland at senior level is invaluable but what is key is he has played for the Under-21s internationally and knows what is required to excel at that level and progress as a player. That will be a huge benefit to our players and Paul is up for that challenge.”Crawford also paid tribute to Bohemians’ Head of Academy Coach Trevor Croly. Croly assisted Crawford in the last two international windows as he stepped in to fill the role vacated by current senior team coach John O’Shea. Crawford said: “I want to thank Trevor for all his efforts since joining us in the Under-21s. From day one he has displayed all the experience and expertise that has earned him such a terrific reputation in our game. I’m truly thankful to Trevor and Bohemians for the time and effort sacrificed that has allowed us to develop our players.”


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